John Lumkes, Purdue Ag and Bio Engineering, on Home Construction and Energy Use--Purdue News
September 8, 2008
Multicar garages, vaulted ceilings, in-ground swimming pools and kitchens the size of small cafeterias often are the kinds of features people want when they build homes. They might not give as much thought to energy efficiency, said a Purdue University agricultural engineer.
"Without adding much more to the cost of a new home, you can build a house that uses less than half the energy that it normally would," said John Lumkes. "You can often recoup the cost of making your home more energy efficient within the first five years."
Lumkes will share energy saving ideas during Energy Efficiency for Households, Farms and Small Business. The trade show and forum takes place from 2-7 p.m. EST Thursday (Sept. 11) at the White County Fairgrounds Community Building. The fairground is located a quarter mile north of U.S. 24 on County Road 25 in Reynolds.
January 29, 2015
“Close your eyes and imagine you are living 200 years from now. Get up in the morning and you are not allowed to touch fossil fuels,” is the contemplative daydream of Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, master inventor and revolutionary thinker who simply cannot help himself, he said, in elevating the discussion of energy solutions and the everyday challenges a solar economy would resolve. Agrawal gave the prestigious fall public lecture for Texas A&M’s Institute for Advanced Study, for which he is a current Faculty Fellow. He addressed the plight of finite energy sources in light of practical, societal needs and the impact of which that has influenced progress and modernization, spanning the history of the human race.Read Full Story