Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) and co-authors Professor Bjarne Olesen, Ph.D., from the Danish Technical University and Professor Kwang Woo Kim<, Arch.D., from the Seoul National University, were honored for their “History of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems.”

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers presented its 2011 Lou Flagg Historical Award to Canadian Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) and co-authors Professor Bjarne Olesen, Ph.D., from the Danish Technical University and Professor Kwang Woo Kim, Arch.D., from the Seoul National University. The trio was recognized at the 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Montreal, held June 24-29, for their global collaborative work on the “History of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems,” published in the January and February 2010 issues of the ASHRAE Journal.

The “history,” says Bean, is necessarily a work in progress. Each year, archeological digs and newly discovered literature from around the globe reveal more of the early history of architecture and the means with which inhabitants tried to stay comfortable under often very cold and difficult conditions.

A chronological history of radiant cooling and heating is now being maintained at Bean’s website and can be accessed here.

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