Bob Tango, an assistant professor in the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction (ACC) and chairman of the university’s Solar Responsive Design Committee, recently represented SPSU with an exhibit at The GlassBuild Convention. This glass, window and door expo – the largest glass and glazing show in North America – was held Sept. 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center and had 6,300 attendees.
The centerpiece of the SPSU exhibit was the heliodon – a device owned by ACC that simulates the position and tracking of the sun at any location and time in the world. It is a major tool for addressing energy conservation and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.
The heliodon is fully integrated into the design and technology courses of the university’s architecture professional degree program.
The ultimate goal of displaying the heliodon at such exhibitions is to establish SPSU and its Architecture Department as a center for solar responsive design for the building industry, design professionals and the university’s students.
Bronne Dytoc, assistant professor of Architecture and also a member of the SPSU Solar Responsive Design Committee, was on hand to help with the booth, as were SPSU architecture students and Norbert Lechner, professor emeritus of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the heliodon’s inventor.