Louisville Sustainability Forum: UofL Phoenix House with W. Mark McGinley

When Feb 06, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Passionist Earth and Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Rd), in the Undercroft
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Join us each month for interesting and informative presentations, dialogue and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there is one featured presentation and one or two shorter presentations, discussion, announcements, and opportunity for networking and building our community.

This month’s featured presentation will be about the UofL Phoenix House with W. Mark McGinley, Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at UofL’s J. B. Speed School of Engineering. The Phoenix House is a permanent housing solution prototype for disaster relief that inspires a conscious lifestyle to save energy and money.

It functions as a self-sustaining house: capable of producing all of its energy from photovoltaic panels, and recycling much of its own water. It can be assembled rapidly using two prefabricated modules: one main living core, and a secondary bedroom module. It is constructed using durable, low-maintenance, and reclaimed materials. The open floor plan and vaulted ceiling visually maximize space. The Phoenix House supports green living by rebuilding more efficiently and becoming less reliant on non-renewable energy sources.

The Phoenix House is the 2013 Solar decathlon entry by the University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky. A brief overview of the design and construction the home will be given.

Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with more than 30 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. He joined the faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Louisville from North Carolina A & T State University where he was Chair of the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department.

Shorter Presentations this month will be on:

  • "Energy and Sustainability in K-12" with Kimberly Joseph, Sustainability Director, Bullitt County Public Schools
  • "Tree Canopy Planning and Preservation" with Julia Williams, Metro Louisville Planning and Design Supervisor

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