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University of Detroit Architecture School Visits Power Panel

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University of Detroit Architecture School Visits Power Panel

Earlier this month, Power Panel welcomed students from the University of Detroit Mercy Architecture School to Power Panel’s Headquarters and production facility in Oxford, Michigan.  The students had a chance to tour the facility, learn more about solar thermal technology and how it may be integrated into their upcoming project.

Led by Kristin Nelson, Assistant Professor of Architecture, the students are working on a project to rehabilitate a Modernist 1964 home and landmark in Detroit. As part of their preservation and restoration efforts, they are aiming to make the property a net-zero building with low energy consumption. A net zero carbon building is a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources.  As an experienced professor with focus areas and research including Environmental Systems, Sustainability and Building Technology Integration, it was only fitting that Kristin chose to bring her students to Power Panel HQ to explore the possibilities and energy-saving potential offered by Power Panel’s sustainable technology.

The project will be in partnership with the Detroit Land Bank Authority as part of the “Rehabbed and Ready” Program.  The Detroit Land Bank Authority's mission is “to return the city's blighted and vacant properties to productive use”. They work to make land purchases accessible to Detroit residents through assistance and sales programs. Additionally, the organization take its commitment to revitalization a step further through their Compliance program which requires renovation and occupancy to improve neighborhoods and combat real estate speculation. The organization works directly with individual buyers, as well as Community Partner organizations and developers for projects of all sizes. 

The University of Detroit Mercy Architecture School emphasizes a progressive hands-on approach to education, making it an ideal place for future developers and designers to learn and apply the latest technology and develop solutions to combat the increasing challenges resulting from climate change. Power Panel appreciates the opportunity to share its innovative and sustainable technology with the next generation of Architects and is pleased to support students’ efforts to create more sustainable structures and reduce carbon emissions in building design and construction.

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