This project studies the principle of humidity as it relates to thermal comfort inside of buildings. It focuses on passive dehumidification using low-cost desiccants. The goal of the experiment is to test the performance of various low-cost desiccants to determine if they could be used to develop low-cost and low-tech dehumidification systems.
Ana Sandoval is an undergraduate student from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is in her final year of the Master of Architecture program at Tulane University. Having lived in cities with hot-humid climates, her research interests focus on seeking heating and cooling solutions for these climates. She is specifically concerned with studying low-cost and low-tech strategies.
Michelle Barrett is in her final year of the First Professional Master of Architecture Degree Program 2 year advanced standing track at Tulane University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at Kent State University near Cleveland, OH but calls the DMV, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, her hometown. Michelle strives to find the intersection of building technologies and social justice advocacy. Here, this research explores the performance and application of innovative yet low-tech and low-cost alternative HVAC systems for under-resourced and under-served people .