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UPRRP-School of Architecture and Caguas partnership to promote CASH

The Autonomous Municipality of Caguas (AMC) partnered with the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus' School of Architecture (UPRRP-SOA) for the development of a solar house. The house will be created by the UPRRP-SOA students.

Under the name of CASH (Caribbean Affordable Solar House), the AMC and the UPRRP-SOA will present fund-raising proposals for the construction project to various entities and government agencies in Puerto Rico and the United States. CASH consists on designing, building and operating an affordable, cost effective, attractive, energy efficient, and profitable solar house.

Signing the UPRRP-SOA & AMC partnership agreement, (from left to right) Dean of the School of Architecture,       Francisco J. Rodriguez; Chancellor of UPR, Río Piedras Campus, Dr. Gladys Escalona de Motta; and Caguas mayor,             William Miranda Marín. (Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Río Piedras Campus Website)
Signing the UPRRP-SOA & AMC partnership agreement, (from left to right) Dean of the School of Architecture, Francisco J. Rodriguez; Chancellor of UPR, Río Piedras Campus, Dr. Gladys Escalona de Motta; and Caguas mayor, William Miranda Marín. (Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Río Piedras Campus Website)

The CASH project will also participate on the Solar Decathlon competition. The UPRRP-SOA is one of 20 nationwide universities selected to join this U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored contest. Solar Decathlon will be held on October 2009 at Washington, D.C. The UPR-SOA from Rio Piedras and Mayag├╝ez Campuses have previously participated in the three past editions, winning best architectural design (2002), second place on the communications challenge (2005), and first place on the hot water category (2007). The TEAM CASH main goal from the assignment is to win the competition while raising environmental and energy consciousness to people, educating future leaders and communities in the process of integrated design; informing the public about environmentally sound, sustainable construction, and promoting the role of efficiency and solar technologies in achieving energy independence.

With these type of associations, the city continues the green agenda for sustainable development of communities, in an effort to expand the socioeconomic progress through engineering perspective.





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