Ruth Ann Norton Presents on the Importance of Health and Racial Equity in Housing

Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, delivered the first of the Fall 2021 BCT Lecture Series... in person! https://www.flickr.com/photos/193789799@N08/51510916171/in/dateposted/ Ms. Norton spoke about how substandard, energy inefficient housing has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown Americans because of the legacy of racist and discriminatory housing policies. These policies paired with historical disinvestment prevented these communities from accessing resources to maintain livable standards. Directing resources to improve housing quality, address health and safety hazards, and improve energy efficiency, leveraging existing programs, and exploring innovative sources of funding and financing can help to advance health and racial equity.   https://youtu.be/8LGlzkN8I4Q Links Green & Healthy Home Initiative Ruth Ann Norton ...
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BCT & Girls Inc. of the Valley

BCT & Girls Inc. of the Valley

BCT, along with Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning worked with Girls Inc. of the Valley Eureka! externs to envision the design of their new Holyoke building. At the end of their month-long externship the scholars presented their work applying what they'd learned about sustainable community development, landscape architecture, architecture and healthy materials. The project design team listened and we can't wait to see what Kuhn Riddle Architecture and WOLA come up with for the new Girls Inc. building! https://www.flickr.com/photos/193789799@N08/51386471521/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/193789799@N08/51386720098/in/dateposted/...
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Bill Maclay Presents on Net Zero Financing

Bill Maclay Presents on Net Zero Financing

Bill Maclay, Principal of Maclay Architects, shared a tested and proven financial methodology which demonstrated that positive energy buildings are typically the least cost option on a cash flow basis when compared to fossil fuel code buildings. Net Zero projects also accrue long term financial, social equity, ecological, and health benefits. Maclay Architects has developed and successfully used this process for over 12 years to assist owners in evaluating financial performance of positive energy buildings. Commercial, institutional, nonprofit and other residential case studies illustrate the detailed and interwoven financial/energy analysis process, metrics, and templates used to guide positive energy projects from initiation to completion. This includes the design and financial analysis of a net positive energy, plus carbon storing, single family home design that meets the current need for cost effective operational and embodied energy buildings and design. https://youtu.be/Eg7ubvN04to Links Maclay Architects The New Net Zero Book ...
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Wesley Stanhope & Ken Neuhauser Present on Building Commissioning

Wesley Stanhope & Ken Neuhauser Present on Building Commissioning

Synopsis Buildings are comprised of potentially competing systems that are expected to work in harmony with each other. Commissioning is a living and adaptive process that can be implemented at any point throughout the lifespan of a building, ensuring that the building systems are reviewed and tested for optimum performance. Wes & Ken shared lessons learned from projects to explain why the most successful building Commissioning starts before design has begun.   https://youtu.be/zbeDksdTxU8   Links Building Evolution Corporation ...
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Dan McNichol presents on Boston’s Big Dig Mega Project

Dan McNichol presents on Boston’s Big Dig Mega Project

For over two decades, Dan McNichol was the spokesperson for the largest, most complex highway construction project ever embarked upon in U.S. history: Boston’s Big Dig. McNichol, Journalist & Author discussed the management of this mega-public works project, and described its many civil engineering feats. This was a joint lecture with the Departments of Architecture and LARP. Dan McNichol is a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. His published books, articles and thought-leadership papers focus on mega construction projects in the United States. He has worked in official capacities on three of the nation’s largest mega projects: The Big Dig, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and  the California High Speed Rail Project. Over the past several years McNichol, while ENR’s national correspondent, circumnavigated the United States, exploring every type of its vital infrastructure. His tagline during the mega road trip was, “America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty and energy defunct as my 1949 Detroit lead-sled.” McNichol continues to write and advocate for the...
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