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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.
TTI reports U.S. traffic congestion statistics in new mobility report

TTI reports U.S. traffic congestion

posted February 21, 2013
Houston ranks as the sixth-worst U.S. city for traffic congestion in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s 2012 Urban Mobility Report, which includes a comprehensive database of traffic congestion, its effects on air quality and its costs to drivers in all 101 U.S. urban areas with populations above 500,000.
Students develop software tool for assessing building characteristics

Students craft useful building software plugins for Revit

posted February 4, 2013
Students developed a software tool that can determine a building’s potential energy use from its design, as well as its rainwater harvesting potential and other characteristics as part of a fall 2012 graduate architecture class.
Students collaborate with firm on LEED analysis for ecology center

Student help firm with LEED study for park's ecology center

posted December 10, 2012
Last spring, Texas A&M graduate architecture students assisted sustainability specialists at Lake|Flato Architects with evaluating designs for a visitors’ center at Hardberger Park, a new 311-acre natural area in north San Antonio, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.