Heschong poses with the Solar Decathlon class after offering daylighting and energy advise about the current design.
Look on any architecture student’s desk or any practicing architect’s bookshelf, and you will likely see an agreed-upon canon of critical reads; among these timeless tomes and must-have manuals belongs Lisa Heschong’s “Thermal Delight in Architecture”, a paperback bible for daylighting enthusiasts published in 1979 by MIT press.
Heschong, a lead daylighting consultant at TRC, visited with Team NexusHaus on Thursday, October 16 to advise students and faculty coordinators regarding their proposed design. Heschong discussed daylighting techniques, landscaping solutions and strategies to make solar energy technologies more flexible for inhabitants.
Engineering team captain and doctoral student at the Cockrell School of Engineering, Charles Upshaw, was eager to embrace Heschong’s counsel. Upshaw said, “Lisa’s visit to our Solar Decathlon team provided great insight into our house design. Her advice on windows was especially helpful, as she explained how they can make a small space feel big and open, and can be positioned strategically to frame and highlight interesting architectural features that might otherwise go unnoticed. We will carefully consider her feedback and advice as we move forward with our design.”
Heschong’s visit came just as the team has recruited 22 new participants from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, and design decisions were being finalized. In the next few months, Team NexusHaus will begin a rigorous testing and analysis of building systems in preparation for the 2015 competition. The team is always looking to recruit new talent–interested students can visit the decathlon team’s website at nexushaus.com or contact faculty liaison, Adam Pyrek of the School of Architecture.