USC Solar Decathalon team reveals design for home

first_imgUSC students and professors revealed their design last week for USC’s home entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Since fall 2011, USC students and professors have combined applied architecture, engineering, sustainability and construction skills to build a functional and livable net-zero solar house for the competitionGoing green · Qiuyue Chen, a sophomore majoring in communication, stands next to the model of the solar home to be built on the South Lawn of the University Park Campus for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. – Xi Luo | Daily TrojanThe project has members from schools and departments including the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the Marshall School of Business and the School of Cinematic Arts. The USC team  currently consists of 26 undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Architecture and Viterbi, as well as faculty advisers Alice Kimm and Gary Paige.The design of the solar home is the product of combined features from a range of design proposals by the students themselves — an ongoing process of change, testing and refinement.Team member Corey Koczarski, a fourth-year architecture major, said the challenge required a collaborative effort.“It involves a lot of discussion and team work,” Koczarski said. “Yet, each individual is also assigned to complete his own task.”The solar house itself, called the fluxHome, is an energy-efficient alternative to the typical single-family suburban tract house, Koczarski said. It is designed for the middle-class lifestyle and the mild climate of Southern California, reflecting two common models: the courtyard house and the craftsman bungalow.The fluxHome will be constructed from sustainable, recycled and repurposed materials that are ideal in terms of quality, affordability and environmental use. The solar house also utilizes light, space and air to include an open floor plan with courtyards, verandas and porches, creating an atmosphere and environment unique to Southern California living.Team member Christine Tanguay, a fifth-year majoring in architecture, said the project does more than provide sustainably built solar homes.“Many people often repeat this process of getting up in the morning, going to work, then going home,” Tanguay said. “There can be rare interaction with the outdoor environment. Thus, the architectural idea of this solar home is to create a series of features that will bring the outside environment inside and the indoor participants back outside.”Paige, a visiting critic at the School of Architecture, said the fluxHome will include elements that provide for  the use of more natural light and solar energy. The light will come from light-harvesting openings and its attached chimney will provide additional skylight.The Solar Decathlon is a two-week competition that will take place in October in Irvine, Calif. The solar homes will be judged on their architectural merit, market appeal, the functionality of their engineering, the ability of installing appliance within the home and affordability. The sections will be judged by a jury of professionals that specialize in each of the fields.Team members believe this experience has benefits that extend past the October competition.“This is an unprecedented opportunity,” Tanguay said. “I saw the opportunity to combine both architecture and sustainability as a wonderful experience.”The model homes will be deconstructed to travel to the competition and each university has 10 days to rebuild its entry for the competition.USC’s solar home will be mostly  constructed on campus, then transported to the competition in three separate pieces. After the competition, the solar home will be donated as a residential home to a family in Los Angeles.Many of the students on the solar decathlon team had little to no previous experience with construction. Many team members consulted L.A. professionals to maximize the design of the solar home.Team member Justin Kang, a graduate student in the master of architecture program, said the experience provides students with real-world solutions.“The learning process itself is very valuable,” Kang said. “Not only do we design, but we apply these solutions to the real world as well.”Paige noted that because participants applied their academic lessons to complete the project, they gained a deeper understanding of the skills needed to succeed in the fields of architecture and engineering.“Students are no longer spectators in their own sport, relegated to making small-scale models and abstract representations … but instead  they work at a range of scales from the diagram to the detail,” Paige said.With the competition approaching, students are excited to begin construction of the full-scale prototype this semester on the South Lawn adjacent to Watt Hall and the Fisher Museum of Art.According to Kimm, the best is yet to come.“The most rewarding experience for me is watching the growth of students and the amount of skill and knowledge they have learned,” Kimm said. “Yet, it’s all so real and applicable … I can’t wait to see their faces when they walk through the completed solar home … this is a rare opportunity for students but the best is yet to come.”Team USC members said they hope to enter future Solar Decathlon competitions. The team welcomes the assistance and involvement of students from a variety of disciplines, including architecture, engineering, business, communications and cinema.After it is constructed, the house will be tested during the summer.last_img read more

Blake Parker, Martin Maldonado agree to deals with Angels

first_imgPitcher Andrew Heaney agreed to an $800,000 salary on Tuesday. The Angels agreed on a $1.45 million deal with pitcher Blake Wood in December, just before the deadline for tendering deals to arbitration-eligible players. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Catcher Martin Maldonado and pitcher Blake Parker avoided arbitration by agreeing on Thursday to 2018 contracts, leaving the Angels with seven arbitration-eligible players.Maldonado, coming off a Gold Glove season, signed for $3.9 million, which was higher than the $2.8 million estimate from MLB Trade Rumors. Parker agreed to $1.8 million salary.The deadline for teams and players to exchange figures is Friday, and most of the Angels’ eligible players are likely to reach agreements by the end of the day. Even after numbers are filed, the sides can continue to negotiate until the hearing. Hearings are scheduled for February.The Angels’ other eligible players, in order of service time, are pitchers Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs and Jose Alvarez, first baseman C.J. Cron and pitchers Cam Bedrosian and JC Ramirez.last_img read more

LA Dodgers will limit Carl Crawford’s exposure upon return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodger left fielders are hitting .235 without Crawford. Howie Kendrick — Crawford’s surrogate on on the All-Star ballot — has struggled at the plate, batting .159, and wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday.To make room for Crawford, the Dodgers optioned Zach Lee to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The pitcher didn’t appear in a game during his three days in the majors.Crawford made three rehab appearances with Oklahoma City and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, combining to hit .364 (4 for 11) with two doubles and three RBI. His last game was Sunday with the Quakes.Kazmir good to goScott Kazmir didn’t throw a bullpen session after leaving his last start with a sore left thumb Friday in Denver. The left-hander will start today’s game against the Marlins anyway. Kazmir is 1-1 with a 6.63 earned-run average in four starts this season and Roberts suggested that the injury played a part in the results.“Kaz is a pro,” Roberts said. “He doesn’t want to use it as an excuse. When you have the wrist/thumb thing it’s kind of hard for him to get on top of the baseball. I think he was getting a little outside and under it. Now, even just watching him play catch he was getting the extension he needed. The ball was coming out well. I think he’ll be fine.”Kazmir has faced the Marlins only once in the last seven years. For what it’s worth, he didn’t allow a run in that game on August 4, 2013, when he was pitching for the Cleveland Indians.Left-hander Justin Nicolino is being summoned from Triple-A to start for the Marlins to make be his 2016 debut. In 12 games last year, Nicolino went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which Nicolino allowed five runs in four innings.The Marlins optioned right-hander Jarred Cosart, who had been scheduled to start, to Triple-A New Orleans.AlsoHyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy threw bullpen sessions Tuesday. Ryu is back to throwing bullpen sessions every fifth day, Roberts said, following a brief setback in his shoulder labrum rehab when he suffered a groin injury. … McCarthy threw for about 20 minutes at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery almost one year ago, on April 30, 2015. … Roberts might shuffle the rotation when the Dodgers get two off-days in the same week next Monday and Thursday. “We’re talking about kind of moving some things around maybe, but right now we’re going to keep things as is,” Roberts said. “With Ross (Stripling), and just kind of with his usage, that’s something still in his infancy.” … Stripling is on an innings limit this season that the Dodgers haven’t disclosed. Four starts into the season, the rookie right-hander has a 3.22 earned-run average and has accrued 22 1/3 innings.center_img Carl Crawford was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. His first game since April 9 lasted more than seven innings, which should come as a mild surprise.Crawford played five games at the beginning of the season before he was sidelined with a sore lower back. He never played a full nine innings, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hinted Tuesday that will continue.“We’ve seen there’s a propensity to get injured,” Roberts said of Crawford, who missed 75 games last year recovering from a strained oblique. “Even in the beginning of the season you saw I took him out even to get him off his feet. The idea of running him out there until he breaks is not something I believe in. I just try to kind of conserve as much as possible and just use that depth.”Roberts said that “optimally” Crawford would play “three, maybe four times a week.”last_img read more