A PNIPAM mat, shown on the right, keeps a model house cooler than a mat made from conventional polymer, shown on the left (Photo: Rotzetter ACC / Advanced Materials)

New mat cools buildings by letting their roofs sweat

By Adam Williams
October 5, 2012

We’re used to the thought of humans sweating to cool down, but what about buildings? Researchers at ETH Zurich have applied the biological cooling mechanism to the task of keeping a building cool, and in the process have hit upon a novel and inexpensive method of cooling houses which could prove useful for homes in both developed and emerging nations.

Read more: New mat cools buildings by letting their roofs sweat –gizmag.

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