(Dec. 17, 2013) -- Are Texas cities setting themselves up to lead a new energy economy? Urban leaders, building owners and development professionals were invited to learn about how cleaner air and smarter buildings not only produce more sustainable cities, but attract the healthy, talented work force that makes them more competitive innovators at a conference co-hosted by Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Energy Systems Laboratory and the Texas chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Hazem Rashed-Ali, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the UTSA College of Architecture (COA), is speaking at this year's Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) conference in San Antonio Dec. 16-18, a premiere educational conference and business exhibition connecting public and private decision makers and thought leaders. Rashed-Ali will present on retrofit analysis of older, single-family housing in San Antonio.
"This project focuses on analyzing energy use patterns of historic homes in San Antonio with the aim of providing measurable data that will assist in making smarter and more informed decisions when considering maintenance, changes or improvements on a historic houses," said Rashed-Ali.
The project Rashed-Ali will discuss was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from three UTSA colleges led by William Dupont, director of the UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability housed in the College of Architecture. Team members included Rashed-Ali and Dupont, Randy Manteufel from the UTSA College of Engineering and Thomas Thomson from the UTSA College of Business.
Rashed-Ali has a Ph.D. in architecture from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. His current research focuses on sustainable architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on minimizing the negative environmental impacts of the built environment through the design of high-performance, energy efficient and carbon-neutral buildings and communities.
Rashed-Ali joined an array of speakers including former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. delivering the conference keynote on the New Energy Economy; Greg Aliff, vice chairman and senior partner, energy and resources, Deloitte LLP, on impending change in the electric utility industry; Gerald North, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Science at Texas A&M University on the state of science on climate change; John Pflueger, Dell principal environmental strategist on a plan for sustainability collaboration; and Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group on motivating energy efficiency and sustainability messages.
The purpose of the CATTEE conference is to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment and reduce related emissions. Attendees received big-picture insights, policy updates and practical implementation ideas.
"This annual conference has established a reputation for creating a collaborative tone and conversation focused on effective problem solving of current issues," said Pam Losefsky, executive director of the USGBC Central Texas - Balcones Chapter. "We look forward to engaging a robust audience of individuals and organizations involved in state and local policy-making, energy and environmental problem-solving, and sustainable design and development."
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