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College team wins sustainable architecture competition

on Wednesday,April 28,2010 20:04

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A team of student designers from Texas A and M University were awarded first place in a sustainable architecture competition put on by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their "solar pipe" system. The installation brings in daylight to office spaces without windows.

The system is made up of an outdoor light collector, which funnels sunlight through pipes of highly reflective material in order to minimize the need for artificial lighting.

The team brought back $75,000 from the national competition, which will be used to further develop their design and help make it commercially available.

Lillian Beltran, a member of the winning team, said that consumers were already expressing interest, which could mean good things for the future commercial success of the project.

“People like the system a lot, and they’re asking us when it’s going to be available in their buildings,” she said.

EPA representatives said the winners of the competition were helping the country make strides towards a more sustainable future.

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