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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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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BCT Welcomes Students to UMass for Fall 2020!

BCT Welcomes Students to UMass for Fall 2020!

Welcome back to UMass to all our undergrad and grad students! And welcome to all incoming students of the class of 2024! Fall 2020 is certainly a semester like no other. While we are all protecting ourselves and our families and friends by observing social distancing rules due to COVID-19, our classes are now offered fully remote in an online format.  This is certainly a change from previous semesters, but our faculty are committed to providing an inspiring and engaging educational experience nonetheless. News As we start the new semester, there is some exciting news to share: We are welcoming Paul Wolff to our faculty! Paul is a lifelong educator and maker and has dedicated his professional career to environmental conservation, sustainable development, and experiential learning. He is located at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus in Newton, MA and will be teaching courses for our professional certificate and graduate programs (e.g. a graduate LEED course), as well as provide industry outreach for our...
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Introducing: Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction

Introducing: Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction

BCT is now offering a graduate certificate in sustainable building construction to professionals seeking an opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in sustainability in building design and construction without needing to complete a full degree program. This certificate’s topics comprise sustainable (green) building systems and materials, energy and conservation, building technologies, and construction management. 16 credits of flexible coursework can be completed through a combination of online and in-person courses*, with in-person courses offered in Amherst, Newton (on our Mount Ida campus) or both. If you are considering applying to the Professional Masters in Sustainable Building Systems program after completing the certificate, all 16 course credits will transfer toward your degree. Benefits Who Should Apply? This certificate is for you if you intend to learn more about any of these topics: Building energy assessment and modeling Design of wood structures, including mass-timber High-performance building design Sustainable building certification systems Building Information Modeling (BIM) Managing sustainable building projects Apply and Enroll Applications are accepted on a rolling basis here but you can always start this...
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