BCT’s Peggi Clouston Speaks About “Emerging Technologies in Wood and Bio-Based Building Products”

The concluding talk of this semester's impromptu BCT lecture series “Building with Wood” was delivered November 21 by our very own Dr. Peggi Clouston. After covering the many benefits of wood and other bio-based materials (such as bamboo), she illustrated several of her research projects that featured mainly composite applications of these materials in structures. Her talk followed Nic Clark from KLH. Dr. Clouston teaches courses in structural wood design, material mechanics and bio-based composites to students of construction technology, architecture, and engineering. Her research focuses on modeling and characterizing the probabilistic mechanical behavior of structural bio-based composite materials as well as innovative wood products and systems. Links: Presentation (available soon) Bio-Based Building website Dr. Clouston's faculty page ...
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Upcoming BCT Seminar: Passive Solar Design in Developing Nations

Passive Solar Seminar 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013                 Holdsworth Rm. 211, UMASS Amherst A conversation on Passive Solar in developing nations with Dr. Komp. Dr. Komp will discuss the development of low-cost solar technologies throughout third world countries, as well as the use of passive solar to maximize energy efficiency in developed countries. Dr. Richard Komp, PhD has 50 years of personal and professional experience with solar and other renewable energy technologies.  Dr. Komp is the Director and Co-Founder of Skyheat Associates, a nonprofit organization which promotes public awareness and use of solar energy and conservation.  His off-grid house, which he built on the coast of Maine, is being established as the Downeast Alternative Design Solar Center, a public charity.  He is the author of Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar Cells, Revised 3rd Edition, which has been called “the easiest and most complete education on photovoltaics.” In recent decades, Dr. Komp has dedicated himself to working with low income communities around the world to help...
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German companies present energy-efficient building technologies at BCT

As part of the Innovation Seminars series organized by the German-American chamber of commerce, BCT was visited today by Andreas Wagner (a Professor from Karlsruhe, Germany), Pete Warren (representing Wagner Solar) and Matt Capone (representing Schöck USA). The speakers presented various energy efficient building technologies as well as gave an overview of the German EnOB program. Links: KIT Karlsruhe: http://fbta.arch.kit.edu/ -- Wagner presentation Wagner Solar: http://usa.wagner-solar.com/ -- Warren presentation Schöck USA: http://www.schock-us.com/ -- Capone presentation German-American Chamber of Commerce: http://www.gaccny.com/en/ ...
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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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