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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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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Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

First in the Fall 2017 BCT lecture series was a talk by Dr. Barry Goodell, who explained decay processes in wood and showed common occurrences of decay in wood structures along with solutions how to prevent those. Synopsis Dr. Barry Goodell is an expert in fungal systems, including those that cause the decay of wood – a multi-billion dollar problem in wooden structures each year. In this talk he covers how decay establishes and can be detected, designs that promote problems, and opportunities for protection and remedial actions. Links Presentation slides Goodell Lab Website ...
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Trimble’s VP Roz Buick speaks about transforming the AECO industry

Trimble’s VP Roz Buick speaks about transforming the AECO industry

Rounding out our 2017 BCT spring seminar series was a talk by Trimble VP for Buildings, Roz Buick, who delivered a visionary and engaging overview of how Trimble sees itself transforming the AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, operations) industry. This presentation came on the heels of our celebration of the opening of the new Trimble Technology Lab in the equally new Design Building on 4/25. See the links below for her slides and some of the videos that were part of her presentation. Links: Presentation slides Video: Microsoft HoloLens: Partner Spotlight with Trimble Video: Trimble Makes the Impossible, Possible ...
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Hill International’s Billings and Goulet Provide a Construction Management Perspective on the Design Building

Hill International’s Billings and Goulet Provide a Construction Management Perspective on the Design Building

As the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) on the UMass Design Building project, Hill International represented the UMass Building Authority (UMBA). David Billings and Marty Goulet were their on-site representatives who handled many questions relating to construction and risk management, constructability, and coordination. We were fortunate to get their perspective on the Design Building's journey from concept to reality in this talk. Links: Hill International Presentation ...
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