Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- March 20, 2000

Cal Poly Presents First Award For Renewable Energy Project

Cal Poly's Renewable Energy Institute has awarded almost $20,000 to fund a project to collect, organize and interpret climate information for 25 U.S. cities -- information that will be especially useful to architectural designers.

The award -- the inaugural award of the Society of Building Science Educators/Evelyn and Harold Hay Fund (SBSE/EHHF)-- was given to Washington University (St. Louis) Professor Mark Dekay for his project "Climatic Design Resources."

Dekay's proposal was selected from three submissions. After gathering the climate data on the 25 cities, he will summarize the geographic variability of climates in formats useful to designers and make them available on the World Wide Web site Teaching Architecture + Energy, sponsored by the Washington University School of Architecture and the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. The address is

Washington University provided an additional $13,000 for Dekay's release time and salary plus some indirect costs of the project not covered by the Cal Poly award.

The SBSE/EHHF program is supported by a donation from Los Angeles area chemist and inventor Harold Hay to Cal Poly's Renewal Energy Institute. Hay made the gift to advance applied research in the areas of passive solar energy and water conservation. Grants are made to individuals or teams of individuals who are members of the Society of Building Science Educators.

Cal Poly's Renewable Energy Institute is a non-profit organization established to promote teaching, research, development and community service in solar and renewable energy technologies.

For more information, call Cal Poly's Renewable Energy Institute at (805) 756-1298.

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