BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

From now to October 28th, 2017, UMass students, faculty, and the general public are invited to visit the UMass Design Building Gallery during opening hours (9am - 4pm on weekdays) to view BCT's latest exhibition on all things related to "False Color" visualizations. Showcasing work by our faculty and graduate students, this exhibition visually (and interactively) explores the various technologies of our research: stress analysis, energy analysis, thermography, laser scanning, and more... BCT would like to especially thank Trimble Inc. for their support through our Trimble Technology Lab. We are also tremendously grateful to Peter Chrzanowski, Sharon Mehrman, and Alexander Okscin for their invaluable hands-on help in putting this exhibition together. The following synopsis explains our thoughts on this exhibition: As engineers, scientists and designers we are often faced with data that is not immediately comprehensible in its raw form, consisting solely of numeric values and ranges. Either the volume of such data is too large to lend itself to easy evaluation or it is too limited...
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Schreyer Authors New Edition of ‘Fundamentals of Residential Construction’

Schreyer Authors New Edition of ‘Fundamentals of Residential Construction’

Alexander Schreyer, director of the building and construction technology (BCT) program, has revised and expanded “Fundamentals of Residential Construction” to produce the fourth edition of the guide to professional construction of single-family and multifamily homes. Schreyer joins Edward Allen, formerly of MIT, Yale University and the University of Oregon, and Robert Thallon of the University of Oregon, who wrote the book’s previous editions. The new edition, which is being published by John Wiley & Sons, promises to be essential to the process of learning about residential construction, according to the publisher. “Construction is a slow-changing industry, but it changes, and keeping up with that is really important,” said Schreyer. “It was really exciting to be able to join this book as one of the authors so we can keep pushing the envelope and teach about residential construction. There are lots of people that need to know about it, want to know about it, and want to be builders or build their own...
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Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten speaks about Integrated Sustainability Planning for the Design Building

Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten speaks about Integrated Sustainability Planning for the Design Building

In her talk, which was part of BCT's 2017 spring lecture series, Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten explained the decision processes behind the many sustainability-related aspects of the Design Building, like its building envelope, ventilation, daylighting, energy modeling, materials, and others. Links: Atelier Ten Presentation ...
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Aaron Smith of View Inc. Presents on Electrochromic Glass

Aaron Smith of View Inc. Presents on Electrochromic Glass

The first presentation in the spring 2017 BCT lecture series was by Aaron Smith, who explained the many benefits of electrochromic glass. This type of glass, which has been installed on two facades in the UMass Design Building dynamically reacts to exterior sunlight and weather and tints accordingly. The image below of our third floor conference rooms illustrates how this looks (full tint at right and no tint at left). Links View Dynamic Glass View Glass UMass Presentation More about this technology ...
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UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass just released a video that showcases BCT's new home, the beautiful and sustainable Design Building. This building showcases many advanced and green building technologies, including an industry-leading contemporary wood structure. You can learn more about the Design Building on our site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJ8OyMpEcE...
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