Radiative cooling Academic Article uri icon


  • Radiative cooling of buildings has attracted considerable research over the years, much of it focused on evaluating the magnitude of the resource and the variations in cooling potential among different locations. However, radiative cooling is still not applied, in practice, in conventional buildings, partly because there has been relatively little research by engineers and architects dedicated to resolving problems of practical application. This chapter will attempt to address this shortcoming. It begins with a brief overview of the principles governing radiant heat transfer as a foundation for the following sections dealing with recent research on application of radiative cooling to buildings. Readers interested in a more comprehensive discussion of the underlying mechanisms may refer to previous publications on this subject, such as Martin (1989), or to general texts on heat transfer, such as …

publication date

  • January 1, 2007