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Critical Color: the Use of Color in Nature for Energy Performance and Its Application to Building Skins

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dc.contributor.advisor Inanici, Mehlika en_US Brooks, Eric Robert en_US 2012-09-13T17:29:01Z 2012-09-13 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Brooks_washington_0250O_10088.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates how color could be used as a tool for energy performance. Color in Nature is not used as decoration to be applied to form. It is indeed selected and varied in response to varying physical constraints in nature. Color in Nature is integral to the survival of plants and animals. The objective of the thesis is to develop guidelines for selecting color to design energy efficient opaque building skins under different climatic conditions. The investigations in this thesis are organized under five topics: 1) the physics of solar energy, 2) how plants and animals use color to sustain life, 3) the atmospheric and diurnal effects on incident solar radiation, 4) how color is defined in computer simulation tools, and 5) how the reflected light from opaque colored surfaces change with incident light qualities in the physical world. Utilizing simulation results and empirical data, recommendations have been made to select opaque facade color that is informed by climate and context to aid in energy performance. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
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dc.rights Copyright is held by the individual authors. en_US
dc.subject Color; Energy; Nature en_US
dc.subject.other Architecture en_US
dc.subject.other Architecture en_US
dc.title Critical Color: the Use of Color in Nature for Energy Performance and Its Application to Building Skins en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.embargo.terms Restrict to UW for 2 years -- then make Open Access en_US
dc.embargo.lift 2014-09-03T17:29:01Z

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