475’s Oliver Klein lectures on materials for passive house construction

475’s Oliver Klein lectures on materials for passive house construction

Last week, we enjoyed a visit by Oliver Klein, CPHC, LEED AP, who presented some of 475's efficient materials and explained how passive house construction can be attained in a New England climate. Synopsis The name “475” is a reference to the heat demand requirement of the Passive House Standard, 4.75 kBtu/sf./yr. Passive House is the gold standard for high performance envelope construction today. Learn about the strategies and materials used to achieve this extraordinary level of performance in today’s best performing buildings. Links Presentation slides 475 High Performance Building Supply ...
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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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Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Today we enjoyed a guest lecture (as part of our Fall 2017 BCT lecture series) by Rose Mary Su, Senior Consultant from Acentech. Rose Mary covered acoustical principles and then discussed how acoustical challenges were overcome in the Design Building. Synopsis Acoustics is the key to success for many buildings and building spaces. Most of us have dined in a noisy restaurant unable to hear our friend sitting across the table, or tried to study in a library full of distracting noises. Workplaces today tend to be open and collaborative, but the noise level may inhibit productivity. Learn how acoustically comfortable space is achieved in the face of multiple obstacles. Links Presentation slides Acentech ...
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Design Building Featured in UMass Magazine

Design Building Featured in UMass Magazine

The Design Building was just featured in this summer's edition of the UMass Magazine. You can view the beautiful image spread by visiting the following link: http://www.umass.edu/magazine/summer-2017/mass-timber For a full list of all the press coverage that this building has received so far, follow this link....
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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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