April 2012 Meeting

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: April 19th. (third Thursday of every month)

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)

Frank & Estella Beam Hall – Room 110
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(Maps, directions, parking info)

Meeting Topic: UNLV Solar Decathlon Project
The Autonomy House

UNLV's Autonomy HouseThe UNLV Solar Decathalon Team will compete in the 2013 Department of Energy Solar Decathalon.

Student team leaders and their faculty advisor will present their project at Solar NV’s monthly meeting on April 19th. Here is a colorful description of The Autonomy House project from Team Las Vegas (PDF).

In a recent Green Living column published in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Solar NV co-founder Steve Rypka wrote:

The Solar Decathlon is a serious challenge and only twenty collegiate teams are chosen to compete in this prestigious biennial event, first held in 2002. The next one will take place in the fall of 2013 and it is special, for a few reasons. All previous Solar Decathlons have been held in Washington, D.C. In 2013, it will take place in sunny Orange County, California. That puts it into easy driving distance for Southern Nevadans. What a great opportunity!

If that’s not special enough for you, how about the fact that UNLV is among the teams that will be competing? This is very exciting news and something our entire community can and should rally behind. Students and faculty celebrated the recent announcement after years of hard work honing their winning application. Congratulations to Team Las Vegas! [Read the full article]

Principal investigator

Eric Weber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and director of David M. Howryla Design-Build Initiative & Building Technologies Laboratory. He currently teaches the fourth-year Design-Build Studio, and has previously taught third-year design studios, building technology courses, and seminars enabling students to explore conceptual/theoretical genesis for material selection and detailing and temporary installation design/fabrication. Weber is a Registered Architect in the State of Arizona. Many of the professional proj-ects with which he has been associated have been published internationally and have won regional AIA honor awards, including the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV); Hercules Public Library (Hercules, CA); AIA Arizona Citation Award, 2008, TAXI Mixed-Use (Denver, CO); AIA Arizona Merit Award, 2008, and Jarson Residence, Paradise Valley, AZ (completed 2009), published in GA Project 103, GA Houses 116, AIA Phoenix Metro Home of the Year, 2009.

Student Leaders

Alexia Hsin Chen is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at UNLV. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with focus on scenography and technical theatre from University of Hawaii Manoa in 2007. Originally from Taiwan, she had received seven years of academic training in fine arts by the age of 15, which significantly influences her perspective in architectural design. She has two years of experience working as a student supervisor at the School of Architecture’s SimLab, where her primary duties were to oversee and instruct students on the safety and the use of woodworking tools as well as digital fabrication equipment such as the laser cutter and CNC milling machine. In 2010 and 2011, she received AIA Las Vegas Chapter’s YWS Award of Excellence for her academic achievement.

Noel Williams is a graduate student in the School of Architecture and comes to the program as a Licensed Interior Designer with degrees in Interior Design and Art History, both from Louisiana State University. Having lived for years in the deep south, transition­ing to the arid desert was a lesson in the preciousness of our natural resources that has led to a deep interest in and exploration of the conservation resources in the building industry and built environment. He will contribute additional experience in project manage­ment and administration, as well as production and contracting, which will be valuable contribution to the Team.

Christian Iusso is a dedicated graduate student in the Master of Architecture program at UNLV with a focus in sustainability. He is also working to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Solar and Renewable energy by 2013. He is a well-travelled individual, who has experienced a number of different cultures and people around the world. His working experience is primarily in the hospitality industry and also completed a two-month architectural internship he completed in Buenos Aires, Argentina where his family lives.

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