The development of information relating occupant thermal comfort to radiant heat transfer is the result of decades of pioneering research by the referenced sources in the annotated bibliography of this Handbook. Included are Landmark contributions of Messieurs Gagge and Berglund at Yale s John B Pierce Foundation and by Messieurs Rohles, Nevins, McNall, and their disciples, Berglund, Fanger, Jones, and others at the Kansas State Institute for Environmental Research, which housed the former Cleveland ASHVE Laboratories gifted by ASHRAE. Ole Fanger, Bjarne Olessen, and others at the Technical University of Denmark fostered trailblazing research in Europe where radiant heating has long been used and appreciated. These are researchers who defined comfort satisfaction in the built environment.
The following contributors are creating new design, application, installation, and equipment trails every day. They are radiant equipment manufacturers, designers, and installers whom we recognize for the information they have provided formally and informally, contributing to the breadth of information, photographs, and tables presented in the handbook. They are members of the Radiant Panel Association who work hard to develop information that will further the understanding of the unique comfort, economic, and health benefits of radiant heating regardless of energy source. Without their input and encouragement this book would not contain the breadth of information discriminating designers demand for their analysis and specification. We thank each of them for their contribution and encourage you to consult them for specific product and installation information for radiant and hybrid HVAC applications.
A. O. Smith Water Products Co.