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Sam Rashkin from U.S. Department of Energy speaks with students and faculty of ECU's Engineering Department about changing energy standards in the U.S. housing market.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Sam Rashkin from U.S. Department of Energy speaks with students and faculty of ECU's Engineering Department about changing energy standards in the U.S. housing market. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Energy Star chief meets students

“The housing industry needs to catch up with other science-based industries and entirely retool how we make new homes to transform the market.”

Sam Rashkin
founder of the national Energy Star program

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The home building industry needs scientists to design and build homes, the chief architect for the U.S. Energy Department told about 50 East Carolina University construction management, design and architectural students on Monday.

Sam Rashkin, founder of the national Energy Star program for home energy conservation and author of “Retooling the U.S. housing Industry: How it got here, Why it’s broken, How to fix it,” spoke to the students about the need to apply science and technology to the residential building industry.


The event, held at the College of Technology and Computer Science, was sponsored by the ECU student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders and the Department of Construction Management.

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