Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2019!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2019!

Congratulations to our graduating students in BCT’s class of 2019! We are tremendously proud of you and we wish you all the best for your upcoming professional life. You are now part of the ever-growing BCT Alumni community! As in years past, we couldn’t only take a serious photo, of course… Please note: These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and unfortunately not all of the graduating students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Sustainable Building Systems. The image below shows most of those students and our BCT faculty at our first-ever graduate celebration. For more images, don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page. We also keep an archive of the graduating class pictures here....
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2018-2019 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

2018-2019 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

Reading Day is traditionally when where we honor this year’s group of BCT award and scholarship winners at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. For the first time, we were able to award the AGC and BCT Alumni scholarships, which were both established last year through endowments and donations. The list below shows the current award winners. Congratulations to all!!! 2018-2019 BCT Awards BCT Outstanding Senior Award Samuel Schale Associated General Contractors of Western Massachusetts: Building and Construction Technology Endowment Hayden Cantoni Christopher Annis Hunter Apteker Akeem Smith Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Academic Merit Daniel Dimitrov Erik Giannelli Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Robson Stewart Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Eric Waterman David Pacheco Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship Richard Inkoom Steven Hall Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship Kayla Van Aken Steven Hall Gallery ...
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Peter Levy speaks about the role of energy modeling in building design and construction

Peter Levy speaks about the role of energy modeling in building design and construction

Peter Levy (MS, BEMP, LEED AP, CPHC), who is now co-owner of The Green Engineer Inc., a building energy consulting firm, is an alumnus of BCT's undergrad major as well as our Master's program. He spoke in his presentation about the value of building energy and daylight modeling and highlighted where those fit best into the building planning process. Interested in this topic? Peter will be teaching "Introduction to Building Energy Modeling" as a continuing education course at UMass Amherst's Mount Ida campus starting Fall 2019. More information... Synopsis An overview of the role that energy modeling plays in the design of buildings; including discussions about how energy models are used to inform design, pursue LEED (and other) certifications, procure utility incentives, and demonstrate code compliance. Additionally, how daylight modeling is used to optimize daylight opportunities, mitigate glare problems, and pursue LEED certification. Links Presentation Slides The Green Engineer ...
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Register Now for BCT’s Spring 2019 Continuing Education Courses at UMass’ Mount Ida Campus

Register Now for BCT’s Spring 2019 Continuing Education Courses at UMass’ Mount Ida Campus

Starting with the Spring Semester 2019, BCT will be offering courses at the new Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, MA. For this first semester, we provide two courses that target continuing education students and professionals that are interested in furthering their education in sustainable construction and building technology. The following 3-credit, semester-long courses are available for registration now. Start date for the semester is January 22, 2019. Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N) Legal issues arising from design and construction services, with a practical focus on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, contract documents, contract administration, liens & bonds, claims, professional liability, human resources, legal evidence & recordkeeping, and dispute resolution. The course will also touch on the special legal challenges presented by technological, scientific, and cultural developments including sustainability, BIM/VDC, mass timber, automation, and climate change. Instructor: Steven J. O’Neill, Esq. High Performance Building: Issues and Perspectives (BCT 597Q) This course examines...
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Zac Bloom of Competitive Energy Systems speaks on Energy Procurement Strategies

Zac Bloom of Competitive Energy Systems speaks on Energy Procurement Strategies

In the third talk of our fall lecture series, BCT alumnus Zac Bloom, spoke about Designing Energy Procurement Strategies. Zac, who is Director of Sustainability and Renewables at Competitive Energy Systems (CES), was intricately involved in many energy projects including the recently installed UMass 5 MW solar array. In his talk, he gave us a broad and eloquent overview of the many factors that influence energy purchasing and systems selection. Synopsis Mr. Bloom originally joined Competitive Energy Systems (CES) in 2012 as a Business Development and Account Manager and was soon promoted to Director of Sustainability & Renewables. Now CES's Vice President, Head of Renewables & Sustainability, Mr. Bloom primarily consults with universities and large commercial customers on energy procurement strategies, budgeting, sustainability, energy benchmarking and CES’s proprietary Utility Tracker. Prior to joining CES, at UMass Amherst, Mr. Bloom focused his studies on energy benchmarking and data visualizations for large data sets associated with building’s resource consumption profiles. Links Presentation slides Competitive Energy Systems UMass Solar Projects ...
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