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Mean Radiant Cooling in a Hot-Humid Climate
Shaded interior mass walls in a hot-humid climate can be thermally grounded to an earth heat sink under an insulated structure. The mean radiant temperature (MRT) of the shaded and thermally grounded interior mass walls will be cooler in summer than normal light weight frame wall construction and significantly below human body temperature. Because the interior walls are cool, the human body will lose heat by radiation to the cooler interior mass walls. The result is an improvement in the bio-climatic sensation of comfort and an increase in energy conservation.
Garrison, M. (1996). Mean Radiant Cooling in a Hot-Humid Climate. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from