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Green Building Components on Display at Exhibit

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August 31, 2009-Houston-
Environmentally friendly buildings begin with environmentally friendly building materials.  The University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture is unveiling innovative designs and market-ready products that promote sustainable construction.

Products from the UH Green Building Components will be on display at "Components, Systems and Assemblies: An Exhibition of Concepts, Prototypes and Production-ready Projects Developed Through the UH GBC," Sept. 8-18 on the grounds of the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. An opening reception is planned for 5 -7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10 at the college.

The exhibit highlights the work of eight teams, which include faculty, student researchers and industry partners.

"Their projects focus on design, development and market production of sustainable green building components," said Joe Meppelink, assistant professor and director of applied research for the college. "The work represents the potential to affect the built environment through sustainably designed components that will have a broad impact across the architecture, engineering and construction industries."

Projects include SPACE, a solar-powered, air conditioned sales office made from an up-cycled shipping container (view images: http://www.metalabstudio.com/category/blog/space/). SPACE can be used for a number of things such as a disaster relief office, visitors' center, neighborhood police storefront, cabin retreat or artists' studio.

See the video of UH Green Building Components: Part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljkdfIiuRqA

Part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDu7lXfBB4I

For more information on the UH Green Building Components, visit http://www.metalabstudio.com/category/blog/uhgbc/


WHAT: "Components, Systems and Assemblies: An Exhibition of Concepts, Prototypes and Production-ready Projects Developed Through the University of Houston Green Building Components"
WHEN: Opening reception 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10; Projects on view Sept. 8 - 18
WHERE: UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture (indoors and outdoors)


For directions and parking information, visit http://www.uh.edu/campus_map/buildings/ARC.php

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