Peggi Clouston on Development Board of Wood Education Institute

The Wood Education Institute (WEI) is a national community of educators, design practitioners and forest products industry professionals who are interested in the promotion of wood in structural applications. The mission of WEI is to "serve as a vehicle for the development, dissemination and maintenance of educational materials for use by universities nationwide for undergraduate, graduate, continuing education and instructor-development programs." The Institute has recently produced an online  program in wood engineering and design to aid in continuing education and university curricula nationwide. "The course is intended for practicing professionals who did not have a timber design course in their undergraduate program or would like to refresh and update their knowledge. This course allows industry practitioners to learn (or relearn) the fundamentals of designing with wood in a structured self‐paced environment." Read more about it @  ...
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Peggi Clouston to speak at MIT conference

Presenting her recent research developments on wood-concrete composites and computational modeling, Peggi Clouston will be part of an international roster of renowned scientists and engineers speaking at MIT's Spring Conference on Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture. See the list of topics and speaker line-up for the intensive two-day conference/training program: WOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25, 2012  ...
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Architecture grad lauded in assessing ‘Green Building’ assessors

Recent Master of Architecture graduate Tracie Reed has been awarded the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Student Research Award for her outstanding work in the field of Green Building. Reed received the award for her published research titled, "An Analysis of LEED and BREEAM Assessment Methods for Educational Institutions." Reed's corresponding authors were Peggi Clouston, Simi Hoque, and Paul Fisette, faculty in the Department of Environmental Conservation. The paper was published in the Winter 2010 edition of the prominent Journal of Green Building. The investigation entailed an analytical comparison of two of the world's primary environmental assessment methods for educational institutions -Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM.) Reeds research provides a systematic comparison to the way each method handles all categories of environmental significance: acoustics; design planning and bldg. operation; energy and atmosphere; indoor air quality; lighting and daylighting; materials and resources; site; transport; water efficiency; and innovation and education. The work identifies specific strengths and...
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