(April 22, 2011)--Think sustainability and you might think energy, electric cars and solar systems. But bricks?
That's what Shane Valentine thought about and as a result won honorable mention in the BrickStainable Integrated Building Design competition in Baltimore. The international competition challenges entrants to design clay masonry that will lead to an environmentally sustained way of heating and cooling a building.
"Being selected as one of four winning entries internationally has been a great honor and an unexpected win," said Valentine, adding that the honor is especially important because part of the design selection was based on how well it connected personally to the judges.
Valentine designed a net-zero-energy corporate building with clay masonry as the primary material. The building consisted of a series of brick frames that can convert the sun's energy into heat. A suspended trombe (sun-facing) wall of clay brick passively heats the building during winter, while geothermal cooling keeps the building comfortable during summer.
"Such an award at a national level shows that the UTSA College of Architecture, albeit a young college, is producing some of the nation's best new thought in regard to the build environment," said Candid Rogers, a lecturer who also runs one of the college's design studios where Valentine worked on his project.
An awards ceremony was March 31 in Washington, D.C., at the National Building Museum. More information on the competition and ceremony can be found at the BrickStainable Design Competition website.
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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