Forrest Meggers / Princeton University School of Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
November 19, 2014 - 5:30pm

Forrest Meggers will present the lecture "Technology Invigorating Architecture: From the Singapore BubbleZERO to the Princeton Thermoheliodome" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception following the lecture wil take place outside of the Banvard Gallery and will coincide with the opening of the exhibit “In the Air: Seeing Architectural Climates."

Too many architects view building energy and environmental performance as constraints to design freedom. But there is a simultaneous acceptance in design of generic spaces like plenums and mechanical rooms. It is time to reframe the space of building systems in the design process. A holistic view integrating disciplines is needed. An informed perspective based on more than just energy balances is needed; one that pushes the limits of design through appropriate consideration of temperature and comfort using exergy. Through ideas of intelligent integration and the low exergy design paradigm, systems can become part of the building fabric thereby achieving high performance while simultaneously expanding design freedom. We have explored and demonstrated these philosophies through investigations of radiant cooling system integration in the tropics of Singapore to novel reflective radiant systems currently being tested in Princeton.

Forrest Meggers is an Assistant Professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture. He came to Princeton in 2013 from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory.  Meggers’ fields of knowledge include building systems design and integration; sustainable systems; renewable energy; optimization of energy systems; exergy analysis; geothermal; seasonal energy storage; low temp hybrid solar; building materials; thermodynamics and heat transfer; and heat pumps.

Previously, Meggers was Assistant Professor in the School of Design and Environment, Department of Architecture at the NUS. He went to Singapore as a Senior Researcher to develop new low exergy building systems for the tropics where, as Module Coordinator, he led the research of five Ph.D. students and built and transported a novel building laboratory, BubbleZERO from Zurich to Singapore. Previously in Zurich, Switzerland he worked as a Researcher for the Building Systems Group at the ETH Zurich and directed research on sustainable systems for the president of the ETH Board.

Originally a native of Iowa, Meggers worked on many sustainability projects at the University of Iowa, and worked with Jim Hansen, renowned climatologist at Columbia University and director of NASA GISS, as a Researcher on U.S. Building Stock CO2 emissions. His recent publications include "Reduce CO2," and "EOL, COP, PVT, TABS, and LowEx," in Re-inventing Construction (Ruby Press, Berlin 2010); “The Reference Environment: Utilizing Exergy and Anergy for Buildings,” International Journal of Exergy 11(4) 2012; “An Innovative Use of Renewable Ground Heat for Insulation in Low Exergy Building Systems,” Energies 2012, 5(8); “Low exergy building system implementation,” Energy, 2012 41(1); and over 20 conference papers.  Meggers presented the keynote address “The Hidden Potential: through green building to sustainable nation” at the launch of the Green Building Council Indonesia in Jakarta, and has served on several committees for the USGBC.