BCT PhD student’s “UMass 9/11 Intervention” on display in Campus Center

BCT PhD student’s “UMass 9/11 Intervention” on display in Campus Center

This work, designed and built by BCT Ph.D. student Soroush Farzinmoghadam, is in tribute to the victims of 2001 terrorist attacks. From Soroush's website: 9/11 was a terrorist attack on the United States and the entire international community. Thousands perished; innocent citizens from over ninety different nations. It has changed the history much as Japan’s strike against Pearl Harbor. The 9/11 attacks triggered the United States’ ongoing war against terrorism, starting with Afghanistan as a chain of targets intended to overthrow the Taliban, changing the course of world history. The significance of the incidence and severity of traumatic loss makes a well-deserved concern for a memorial on the UMASS campus in tribute to those loved souls of the blameless victims of that horrifying tragedy, and to the ongoing legacy of pain and horror engendered by that seminal event. It is worth mentioning that a UMASS community member (Christoffer Carstanjen, a computer research specialist) lost his life in that violent aggression. It is also worth...
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L. Carl Fiocchi wins Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award

L. Carl Fiocchi wins Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award

L. Carl Fiocchi, a Ph.D. Candidate in BCT, just won the Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award. About the project This project is an analysis of the Gropius House, a Modernist icon constructed in 1938.  The intent was to deconstruct and analyze several passive solar shading techniques that Walter Gropius had incorporated into the building and site design: a brise-soleil, trees, and a retractable awning. The building was modeled in Revit and analysis was performed in Ecotect. For more information and to read the jury comments, follow this link: http://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/project-gallery/sustaining-modernity-analysis-gropius-house  ...
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Ben Weil Releases Holdsworth Hall Retrofit and Renovation Report for Energy Efficiency

Proposed Holdsworth Hall Retrofit and Renovation would reduce energy usage by 63% and carbon dioxide emissions by 82% The recommendations in this report are the product of a detailed and careful examination and exploration of the building and its operations. Begun as a project in a graduate course taught by Ben Weil, Extension Assistant Professor in Building Energy, the final report was further developed and refined by Weil, and two graduate students in Building Systems, Carl Fiocchi, and Katherine McCusker. The key findings are: (1) very significant energy savings can be achieved at moderate cost, without affecting the basic architectural design, and (2) the building is a complex system, and no change can be considered in isolation. Single measures may achieve savings, but cannot maximize savings or performance without complementary changes in related systems. A final package of recommended measures, reducing the energy consumptions of Holdsworth by 63%, will define a new building system with emergent properties that make for a qualitatively different and...
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BCT Students Model Amherst College in 3D

BCT Students in the BCT 420 and ECO 697SB classes just finished modeling 30+ buildings at Amherst College in 3D. Once approved by Google, those will appear in the official "3D Buildings" layer in Google Earth. Follow the link below to watch a video or download the KMZ file for Google Earth: http://blogs.umass.edu/bct420-schreyer/student-work/amherst-college-in-3d...
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Recent BCT graduate creates permaculture garden at UMass

Recent BCT graduate creates permaculture garden at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is taking another groundbreaking step toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and combating global climate change by implementing one of the first permaculture gardens on a public university campus in the country. The scope of this project is considerable; UMass students are responsible for transforming a conventional ¼ acre grass landscape into a highly productive and low maintenance garden using no fossil fuels on-site. This involves layering over 150,000 pounds of organic matter by hand during October and November 2010. UMass Amherst Auxiliary Services fully supports and funds this project as it is part of the campus-wide Sustainability Initiative. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer, has been hired as the Auxiliary Services Sustainability Specialist to design and implement the UMass Permaculture Garden with help from eight passionate and hardworking undergraduate students. Auxiliary Services will feed UMass students with the garden’s fresh, local, not-yet-certified organic produce. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer and LEED Accredited Professional, received his...
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