Thermal control of interior spaces is largely regulated by mechanical ventilation systems, which contribute to the built environment's enormous share of carbon emissions. Especially in regions where temperatures swing drastically from day to night, peak loads strain grid infrastructure and produce untenable energy costs. Alternative strategies to mitigate energy demand for heating or cooling utilize inherent characteristics of the natural environment. Many such tactics employ material properties in order to achieve thermal comfort without carbon intensive energy consumption. The thermal performance of phase change materials (PCMs) to store energy in the form of latent heat, provokes the exploration of related strategies in building application simulations.
Griffin is a current graduate student at the School of Architecture, pursuing a Masters of Architecture. His interest in public participation in architecture drew him to the discipline, while the additional lenses of sustainability and equity in the built environment are issues that have become important throughout his architectural education.