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ESL developing A/C system that cools with half as much energy

ESL researchers' A/C system cools with half as much energy

posted November 16, 2016
An incredibly efficient evaporative cooling technique that requires half the energy of today’s air conditioning systems isn’t just a concept — it’s currently being tested by the Texas A&M University team that developed it.
College researchers investigate ‘smart’ materials in NSF study

College researchers investigate ‘smart’ materials in study

posted October 23, 2015
The characteristics of new “smart” materials that, with further development, could harvest energy, water and air when embedded in a building’s exterior, are the focus of a two-year, $240,000 National Science Foundation study undertaken by TAMU faculty and students.
Research station using renewable energy with former student’s help

Research post using ‘green’ energy with former student’s help

posted August 31, 2015
A research station on Palmyra Atoll, a remote, 680-acre South Pacific wildlife refuge 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, is operating primarily on wind and solar power thanks to efforts by David Sellers ‘02, a former environmental design student at Texas A&M.
Outstanding alum to lecture on de-urbanization in South Africa

Noted South African developer to lecture on de-urbanization

posted April 20, 2015
Chris Mulder, one of South Africa’s top environmental designers and an outstanding alumnus of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, will present “De-Urbanization: Creating Sustainable Rural New Towns” at 5:45 p.m. April 29 in Scoates Hall Room 208.
Professor earns prestigious award from elite engineering group

Prof earns merit award from elite engineering group

posted February 20, 2015
For outstanding achievements in service and teaching architecture professor Charles Culp received the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from the Life Members Club of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Architecture professor garners TEES Center Fellows award

Architecture prof’s achievements earn TEES Fellows honor

posted February 17, 2015
For significantly improving how building energy efficiency is measured and numerous other achievements, Jeff Haberl, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, will receive the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Center Fellows Award.
Study finds Mueller development raises residents’ physical activity

Study shows more physical activity in Austin development

posted December 17, 2014
A CHSD study showed that residents of Austin's pedestrian-oriented Mueller development walked more and had improved social interactions with their neighbors compared to their previous neighborhood.
Researchers evaluating light pipe potential in new Daylighting Lab

Light pipe tests under way at daylighting lab

posted November 26, 2013
An innovative, energy saving lighting system that can pipe healthy, full-spectrum daylight more than 40 feet into a building and potentially raise worker productivity is being tested at the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Daylighting Laboratory.
Haberl honored by international building energy modeling group

Haberl named fellow of international energy organization

posted October 11, 2013
After almost three decades spent finding energy saving solutions for commercial and residential buildings, Jeff Haberl, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, was recently elevated to a fellow in the International Building Performance Simulation Association.
Students propose energy-saving plans for new Northgate highrise

Students propose energy-saving plans for mix-use complex

posted May 28, 2013
Measures to reduce energy use in a high-profile Northgate mixed-use residential development were detailed in construction proposals prepared this spring by construction science students at Texas A&M.
Ph.D. student works to green building practices in colonias

Ph.D. project targets greening of colonias home construction

posted May 24, 2013
After investigating home building practices common in Texas colonias, impoverished areas near the Mexico border, a Texas A&M architecture Ph.D. student is working to share affordable, energy efficient construction techniques and home designs with colonias residents.
Conventional, energy-efficient residences compared in study

Qatar study looks at energy efficiency of dissimilar homes

posted May 7, 2013
The difference in energy consumption between two homes in Qatar — one built to a strict energy efficiency standard and the other using conventional construction — is being evaluated in a Texas A&M College of Architecture study.
Energy lab's recommended code revisions yield savings for Texas

Texans realize energy savings from ESL recommended codes

posted April 24, 2013
Texans enjoyed lower home electric bills and cleaner air after state legislators in 2001 adopted new energy and construction codes for single-family residences, according to a report from scientists from the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory.
Architecture prof leads effort to design energy-saving software

Culp leads software design effort at ESL

posted April 23, 2013
A building energy use "tune-up" procedure developed by researchers at the Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab has so far yielded more than $100 million in energy savings from little more than 300 client buildings, said Charles Culp, professor of architecture and ESL associate director.
Ph.D. student eying effectiveness of occupancy-based HVAC system

Ph.D. study eying occupancy-based HVAC system

posted March 11, 2013
Significant energy savings could be realized in small homes in hot climates with an air conditioning system being researched by Simge Andolsun, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M, that cools rooms based on where people are at different times during the day.