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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Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

As those walking through our building today may have noticed, there were some new letters visible on the facade. At a ceremony this afternoon, the Design Building was officially named in honor of a good friend of the BCT program and ECO department, former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver. It is now the "John W. Olver Design Building". BCT and ECO would like to congratulate U.S. Rep. Olver for this well-deserved honor. If it hadn't been for his support, our new home would not be the landmark, showcase example of sustainable mass timber construction it is today. Interested in learning more about the John W. Olver Design Building? We have an extensive collection of articles, photos, videos etc. here. Below is the official press release: October 27, 2017 AMHERST, Mass. – The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking...
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Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Together with our friends in the Department of Architecture, the Building and Construction Technology program at UMass Amherst is organizing a joint alumni and friends get-together at the upcoming ABX and Greenbuild conference in Boston, MA. If you are a BCT or BMATWT alumnus (or just would like to say hi), drop by session SW11 on Thursday, 11/9 from 6pm to 8pm. We will have light snacks and there will be an opportunity to view a livecast of Bill Clinton's plenary session. Register for this event during the signup process for ABX/Greenbuild or simply show up! This reception is free but you will have to register (and pay) for ABX/Greenbuild) Hope to see you there... http://abexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/AlumniEvents  ...
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Bring your Resumes! BCT is Hosting Fall Job Fair on October 20th

Bring your Resumes! BCT is Hosting Fall Job Fair on October 20th

The Building and Construction Technology program and our NAHB* student group are organizing a job fair for the first time in fall 2017 for jobs in construction, project management, green building, materials, building systems, and related fields. This job fair is free and open to all UMass Students. Just dress up, bring your resumes and come to the Design Building! *National Association of Home Builders By the way: After the job fair, stay for the BCT alumni party (RSVP here)! Company Exhibitor List (updated: 10/16) All States Materials Group asmg.com Arcadis www.arcadis.com Aspen Square Management www.aspensquare.com Boise Cascade www.bc.com Center for EcoTechnology www.cetonline.org CLEAResult www.clearesult.com CMC Design Build Inc. cmcdesign-build.com Consigli Construction careers.consigli.com Cowls Building Supply, Inc. cowlsbuildingsupply.com Crown Castle www.crowncastle.com Dimeo Construction Company www.dimeo.com Ed Herrington, Inc. www.herringtons.com Gaston Electrical gastonelectrical.com Gilbane Building Company www.gilbaneco.com Hill International Inc. www.Hillintl.com HireElements / A.W. Hastings hireelements.com J.C Cannistraro, LLC www.cannistraro.com Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. www.leekennedy.com Mid-Cape Home Centers www.midcape.net National Lumber www.national-lumber.com Pella Windows and Doors www.pellaofhaverhill.com Rex Lumber Co. rexlumber.com Sanford and Hawley Inc. sanhaw.com The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co www.whiting-turner.com Trimble www.trimble.com Turner Construction turnerconstruction.com Walsh Brothers, Inc. www.walshbrothers.com Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. www.waynejgriffinelectric.com Wolf Home Products www.wolfhomeproducts.com Employers: Interested in exhibiting at this fair? We may still have space. Register here!...
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BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

From now to October 28th, 2017, UMass students, faculty, and the general public are invited to visit the UMass Design Building Gallery during opening hours (9am - 4pm on weekdays) to view BCT's latest exhibition on all things related to "False Color" visualizations. Showcasing work by our faculty and graduate students, this exhibition visually (and interactively) explores the various technologies of our research: stress analysis, energy analysis, thermography, laser scanning, and more... BCT would like to especially thank Trimble Inc. for their support through our Trimble Technology Lab. We are also tremendously grateful to Peter Chrzanowski, Sharon Mehrman, and Alexander Okscin for their invaluable hands-on help in putting this exhibition together. The following synopsis explains our thoughts on this exhibition: As engineers, scientists and designers we are often faced with data that is not immediately comprehensible in its raw form, consisting solely of numeric values and ranges. Either the volume of such data is too large to lend itself to easy evaluation or it is too limited...
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