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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Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

As those walking through our building today may have noticed, there were some new letters visible on the facade. At a ceremony this afternoon, the Design Building was officially named in honor of a good friend of the BCT program and ECO department, former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver. It is now the "John W. Olver Design Building". BCT and ECO would like to congratulate U.S. Rep. Olver for this well-deserved honor. If it hadn't been for his support, our new home would not be the landmark, showcase example of sustainable mass timber construction it is today. Interested in learning more about the John W. Olver Design Building? We have an extensive collection of articles, photos, videos etc. here. Below is the official press release: October 27, 2017 AMHERST, Mass. – The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking...
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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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Welcome (back) students!

Welcome (back) students!

Welcome back to UMass to all our undergrad and grad students! And welcome to all incoming students of the class of 2021! This fall semester marks our second term in the Design Building where we are roommates with the Departments of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. When you are starting the new semester, keep the following in mind: Most of your BCT classes are in the Design Building with DB 162 being our main classroom. Check Spire for room numbers and give yourself some time to find the rooms. The Design Building is located between Morrill and the Studio Arts Building. Undergrads have card access to the Design Building entrances and the DB 260 computer room. Just use your U-card after hours. BCT faculty and the program director are on the third floor of the Design Building. Just remember: “All the way up the great stair and then to the left.” That’s where you will find us. BCT undergrads have a beautiful lounge...
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