BCT Alumnus Profile: Alison Moynihan (MS ’13)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Alison Moynihan (MS ’13)

We recently caught up with Alison Moynihan, who graduated from our Professional Master's program in Building Systems and is now Technical Assistant at Foard Panel. She provided some perspective on her career as well as advice for other students: "I entered the Building Systems Master’s Program at UMass after having done my undergraduate work in architecture. Graduating in 2010, when most architects were out of work, my undergrad education was not enough to even get me in the door as a gofer. I did an unpaid internship and realized I was far more interested in green building and construction technology than traditional architecture, which happened to perfectly coincide with the Environmental Conservation Building Systems Master’s Program. I spent two years learning a little engineering, a little material science, a little conservation, and a lot of building science. While in school I found a local Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) manufacturer, Foard Panel, to do an internship with in order to write my thesis. I am...
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Polymer Science’s Al Crosby gives talk about pressure-sensitive tapes

Polymer Science’s Al Crosby gives talk about pressure-sensitive tapes

For the last talk of our BCT Spring 2018 lecture series, Prof. Al Crosby from Polymer Science at UMass Amherst spoke about the many uses of adhesion in construction and the principles behind them. He especially focused on tapes and the mechanics of their pressure-sensitive adhesive behavior. Synopsis: Adhesives are used widely in building construction and are prone to play an increasingly important role in future construction processes and structures as new materials and new standards are established. In this presentation, I will provide a brief review of the basic structure and properties of pressure sensitive adhesives, as well as an introduction to the Geckskin™ technology, which can sustain large forces, permit easy release, and be reused without loss in performance. Links: Presentation Slides Crosby Research Group ...
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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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