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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Register now for BCT’s Winter & Spring Online Professional Education Courses

Register now for BCT’s Winter & Spring Online Professional Education Courses

With an increasing number of our courses now online, we are announcing the immediate availability of the following professional education courses for the upcoming Winter Term (Dec. - Jan.) and Spring Term (Feb. - May). There is no need to be a matriculated UMass student to take these courses. Anyone with a professional interest in our field can take them on a per-credit fee basis. Register Now! Learn more about these courses and register now on the University Without Walls (UWW) website at the following link: Find Courses and Enroll   (filter by “Subject” and look for “Building and Construction Technology” or “Environmental Conservation”) Want More? Many of these courses can be taken to fulfill requirements of our Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction or our Professional Masters in Sustainable Building Systems. Contact us anytime if you would like to learn more about those options. Upcoming Courses Winter Term Sustainable Building & LEED Certification This course introduces core concepts of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems and assists students in study and...
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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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BCT Contributes to UMass’ 2020 Sustainability Ranking: ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’

BCT Contributes to UMass’ 2020 Sustainability Ranking: ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’

As announced in a recent press release, UMass has advanced significantly in Sierra Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’ sustainability ranking, where we are now at #15. In their announcement, several BCT-related accomplishments were highlighted, such as our home in the Olver Design Building, our MS in Sustainable Building Systems, and Ben Weil's Clean Energy Corps course and extension work. Through our department, BCT is also part of the School of Earth and Sustainability at UMass, the first specialized sustainability school on the East Coast. You can read the full announcement below: Being Green: UMass Amherst Among Sierra Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’ Record 300-plus colleges and universities participated in the annual sustainability ranking September 28, 2020 The University of Massachusetts Amherst was named among Sierra magazine’s “Top 20 Coolest Schools 2020,” a list of the greenest colleges and universities in North America. For its strong environmental ethos and wide-ranging sustainability efforts, UMass Amherst jumped to No. 15 on the 14th annual list from the Sierra Club’s...
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