Tedd Benson speaks about a better way to build in the 21st Century

Tedd Benson speaks about a better way to build in the 21st Century

Tedd, founder of Bensonwood (1973) and Unity Homes (2012), has devoted his life to developing a better way to build. A key figure in the revival of timber framing in America, he was one of the founders of the Timber Framers Guild of North America (1984) and authored four books on the subject. Through the decades, Bensonwood established itself as a creative leader in timber frame design, engineering, craftsmanship, and CAD- CAM technology. This work has taken the company to nearly every state in the U.S. (Oklahoma is a holdout), as well as Canada, England and Japan. After having spent many years with the Bensonwood team developing processes, systems, logistics, and technology, Tedd went on to found Unity Homes, now a sister company, with the objective to make high performance homes affordable and normal. Today, Bensonwood continues to lead the industry, pioneering the use of Mass Timber and CLT’s in buildings large and small, and collaborating on innovative projects to...
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Heidi Jandris speaks about lowering the embodied carbon of concrete masonry units

Heidi Jandris speaks about lowering the embodied carbon of concrete masonry units

Heidi Jandris provides technical and design services for Jandris Block. She is part of the 3rd generation of family business’s , grew up immersed in all things concrete block and worked as a welder at the plant before getting her BArch at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Sustainable Building Systems degree at Northeastern University.  Synopsis Lowering the embodied carbon of concrete masonry units is essential to the environmental mission of Jandris Block. In this lecture Heidi Jandris described how her company's CMUs both sequester carbon and uses less cement during manufacturing – thus further reducing the embodied carbon of their products. https://youtu.be/_Ad1tkzxSVY Links Jandris Block Hey Heidi Blog ...
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Upcoming Talk: Building Operations during COVID (Wednesday Oct. 14th)

Upcoming Talk: Building Operations during COVID (Wednesday Oct. 14th)

BCT faculty member Ben Weil will present on the topic of ensuring the safety and efficiency of indoor spaces during COVID 19 to the Western Mass Green Building Consortium. For those who may need to open buildings to customers, open schools to students, or run an indoor job site, there are more questions than answers as to how to do it safely and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Guidance from government and international health agencies as well as professional societies can be helpful but can also be confusing. This presentation will provide some interpretation of the standards in light of recent evidence and provide some guidance in thinking through the best practices to minimize risk. We will look at short-term approaches to operations, but also consider how investments to address covid risk now, can pay off in the long-run by saving energy while providing healthier, more comfortable, more productive, and safer indoor environments. Wednesday October 14th, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30pm Zoom link:...
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Robert Perschel speaks about how New England forests can mitigate climate change

Robert Perschel speaks about how New England forests can mitigate climate change

Robert Perschel is the Executive Director of the New England Forestry Foundation. His work has focused on large landscape protection, ecological forestry, climate change and sustainable forest biomass utilization. He is co-author of Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast, Assessment of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines and New England Forests: The Path to Sustainability. Synopsis How we protect and manage our forest base will likely determine if New England can meet its climate goals. Robert Perschel will speak about the Forest to Cities Climate Challenge, forestry standards for both storing carbon and producing materials for buildings 6-18 stories tall. https://youtu.be/8pz0XyCs6u0 Links New England Forestry Foundation Forest to Cities Climate Challenge ...
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