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Weil to speak on net-zero Food Coop at Green Night (Jul 5th, 2015)

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The Western Mass Green Consortium is hosting a presentation by board members of the Quabbin Harvest Food Coop on their path towards a net-zero energy operation. BCT faculty member, Ben Weil provided the hygothermal modeling and analysis that enabled them to insulate an antique structural masonry building that might have otherwise been too risky to […]

BCT banner on Design Building features our graduate students (Jun 10th, 2015)

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The BCT banner, one of three “occupant” banners now up on the construction fence for the Design Building, features prominently PhD student Hamid Kaboli, M.Arch. student Albert Sanchez, and Associate Professor Peggi Clouston – all deeply engrossed in their work on a timber gridshell. You can also see a nice rendering that shows what the interior […]

Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench (May 5th, 2015)

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As part of their independent studies, two BCT students, Henry Braley and Loran Kaleci (with help from fellow student Rommel Cordova-Fiori and shop manager Dan Pepin), this semester built an 8 ft bench for Holdsworth Hall. This bench (while arguably extremely overdesigned) serves as a mockup of the wood-concrete composite floor construction that will be in the […]

BCT Students Revitalize Springfield (Apr 29th, 2015)

As part of a day of volunteering with Revitalize CDC in the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield, MA, BCT students helped make homes more energy efficient.In the words of Zachary Kushner, co-president of the NAHB student group at UMass Amherst: “It’s always nice to do community service projects … but its also good for team bonding and we […]

(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies (Apr 29th, 2015)

(I)DB Sustainability Features

Ar a recent meeting, atelier ten, sustainability consultants on the (I)DB project, showed this beautiful depiction of all the sustainability features in our new building. Click on the image to view the full version. Also, as you can see above, the word “Integrated” has been dropped from its name to comply with university policies. Therefore, most […]