The Future of Energy and Design - Jacqueline Schmidt, Justin Miller, Roderick Jackson, Rita Breen, Russell Gentry, Godfried Augenbroe
From Katie Gentilello
The Symposium then moved into the auditorium for the second half. The first presenter was Jacqueline Schmidt from Ollie All Inclusive CoLiving. Ollie is a company revolutionizing the living experience for urban renters with professionally designed, fully furnished, studios and share suites. Their focus is on attainably priced luxury with an emphasis on convenience, comfort, and community. Justin Miller spoke on the Auburn University Rural Studio. He discussed their series of 20K houses where they spend about 12 thousand on materials and 8 thousand for labor to give a rural resident a home. Another series of projects the rural studio is working on is the DESIGN Habitat in partnership with Habitat for Humanity where the studio is exploring prefabrication and modulation to increase cost effectiveness. Roderick Jackson, a Georgia Tech alum, spoke on behalf of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge is on the cutting edge of technology and implementing these capabilities into improving construction methods and the performance of building envelopes. Oak Ridge, in partnership with SOM, has begun 3-D printing houses forcing architects to completely reimage the design of living spaces as these new technologies emerge. The last speaker was Rita Breen from Georgia Power who discussed the initiatives and steps that Georgia Power was taking with renewable energy resources. In Georgia solar is the most effective method. Once very expensive, solar cost have significantly decreases and she said that projections show a continuation of that trend. One of Georgia Power’s initiatives is Community Solar as half of their users are not able to host PV panels. Community solar is a financial instrument to participate in a larger offsite shared solar plant. Following the informative and thought provoking presentations, Professors Russell Gentry and Professor Godfried Augenbroe lead a panel discussion where the audience had the opportunity to ask questions.