Moe argues that because water has such a high density, it makes it far better in capturing and channeling energy.  He connects this idea to the human body’s own way of conditioning.  He says, “Your body is basically a thermally active surface, it uses blood—or, essentially, water—to move heat energy from its core to its skin. Imagine how big the size of the lungs and the heart and veins would have to be if we were conditioning our bodies with air.” Moe discusses this idea of incorporating these thermally active surfaces will be more environmentally sustainable, durable, and help save money on steel products.  I think this idea should be carried out fuller.  “The body’s largest organ-about 15 percent of its mass-is its skin. Skin regulates surface and deeper body temperatures through exchanges in the hydronic circulator and the integumentary systems.” The skin is clearly very important to the building.  Thermal flows/heat flows in buildings are largely affected by material, energy, time and space/frame/geometry.  The materials that make up the skin are very important to their thermal flows and must involve layers that can deal with water, thermal issues, and interior finishes (i.e. warmth of the wood).  Moe makes a great point by connecting the body to a building in how to create thermally active surfaces.

Reading:  Moe, Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture, pp. 42-83

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