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Texas A&M researchers enabling buildings to ‘breathe’

Texas A&M researchers enabling buildings to ‘breathe’

posted January 29, 2020
Buildings may one day “breathe,” and be able to function in their own environment with the help of a type of “smart skin” developed by a team of Texas A&M University researchers.
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.
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.
ESL energy tool demonstrates how policy can help clean air

ESL energy tool demonstrates how policy can clean air

posted July 25, 2014
A model for measuring electricity savings and air quality improvements resulting from building code changes, developed by researchers at the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory, was recently cited in a Harvard Law School Environmental Policy Initiative paper.
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.
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.
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.
Architecture professor named to global solar energy group board

Beltrán named to solar energy board

posted December 19, 2011
Liliana Beltrán, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M, is part of a global effort to lead renewable energy technology education, development and implementation as a new board member of the International Solar Energy Society.
Conservation by Design: Futures Forum engages students, pros

'New futures' forum draws students, pros

posted November 17, 2011
Imagining New Futures, an event-packed forum sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, drew students and urban planning practitioners to Texas A&M Nov. 17-19.
CHUD part of a network eyeing effects of change in South Texas

CHUD helps track effects of change in South Texas region

posted November 16, 2011
The Center for Housing and Urban Development at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture is part of a new research, educational and engagement network focusing on providing sustainability science to South Texas policymakers and communities.
Alum designs sustainable home for Navajo mom in Colorado

Alum designs home for Navajo mom

posted November 8, 2011
A single Navajo mother and her 10-year old son are living in The Windcatcher House, a sustainable home in southwest Colorado co-designed by Mark Olsen ’07, a former Texas A&M environmental design student completing his graduate work in the University of Colorado at Denver.
CoSci unveils new BIM CAVE immersive visualization facility

CoSci department unveils BIM-CAVE

posted October 6, 2011
The Department of Construction Science recently unveiled its newest facility, the “BIM-CAVE,” which provides a unique high-tech vantage point for viewing details of an imagined building and its infrastructure, including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical and other systems.
Energy Systems Lab moves into new digs in Valley Park Center II

Energy Systems Lab has new location

posted September 2, 2011
Charles Culp and Jeff Haberl, professors of architecture at Texas A&M and associate directors of the Energy Systems Laboratory, welcomed visitors at the lab’s June 2001 open house in at is new facility in Valley Park Center II, 402 Harvey Mitchell Parkway.