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November 10th, 2011
Texas State professor honored for green project


Andrew Nance, architect and assistant professor at Texas State, was among a team recognized by the American Institute of Architects for the design of a 2,400-square-foot, single-family home to be built in Cedar Hill.

The home, known as the Cooper House, will be built on a difficult site and incorporate sustainable design features such as recycled papers, inks, and plastics. The design includes passive cooling and heating, which minimizes or eliminates the need for air conditioning through much of the year.

The A-Gruppo LLC team, which includes Nance, Thad Reeves, and Michael Kaiser, received one of the first studio awards for a conceptual and unbuilt project from the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Nance works in the university’s Department of Family and Consumer Science.

“It is really wonderful that this project was selected for an award as the dilemma of the project lies within the fact that a difficult site and limited budget prevented an ideal orientation to implement passive heating and cooling,” Nance said.

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