Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

For millenniums Architects have been designing beautiful geometries enhancing our public realm. For perhaps 50 years, to different degrees, Architects have been designing buildings that perform more and more efficiently, reducing both our climate impact and our energy costs. Marrying the two strategies is not an easy task. Ted Sheridan, AIA, and Gregory Orwat (UMass Architecture Graduate) from Ryall Sheridan Architects presented a fabulous group of projects extracted from their firm’s portfolio; each demonstrating the real possibility of achieving the elegance of sophisticated architecture and the rigors of Passive House Standard within one geometry. Synopsis: Tectonic Extremes of Passive House Design. Passive House design offers a radically efficient means for reducing the energy use of buildings of all types but it tends to constrain architectural form making. This does not need to be the case; with careful design considerations and use of advanced performance materials, architectural design can be spatially ambitious and articulated. Links: Presentation Slides 'An experiment unlike any other': Father-son duo build first house of...
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John Rockwell Discusses Air-Tightness in Buildings

John Rockwell Discusses Air-Tightness in Buildings

John Rockwell of Zehnder America recently treated us to a discussion of the importance of air-tightness in buildings and technical solutions for ventilation. Synopsis Energy and Building Codes have mandated the increase of building air tightness requirements reducing both the stakeholder's energy bills and a building’s carbon impact. With these reduced numbers, a ventilation system is now as necessary as a heating or cooling system. Learn about the strategies and equipment required to maintain indoor air quality and occupant health and comfort. Links Presentation Slides Zehnder America ...
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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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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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Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Today we enjoyed a guest lecture (as part of our Fall 2017 BCT lecture series) by Rose Mary Su, Senior Consultant from Acentech. Rose Mary covered acoustical principles and then discussed how acoustical challenges were overcome in the Design Building. Synopsis Acoustics is the key to success for many buildings and building spaces. Most of us have dined in a noisy restaurant unable to hear our friend sitting across the table, or tried to study in a library full of distracting noises. Workplaces today tend to be open and collaborative, but the noise level may inhibit productivity. Learn how acoustically comfortable space is achieved in the face of multiple obstacles. Links Presentation slides Acentech ...
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