Peggi Clouston to speak at MIT conference

Presenting her recent research developments on wood-concrete composites and computational modeling, Peggi Clouston will be part of an international roster of renowned scientists and engineers speaking at MIT's Spring Conference on Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture. See the list of topics and speaker line-up for the intensive two-day conference/training program: WOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25, 2012  ...
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Simi Hoque Collaborates on Building Integrated Aquaculture

Building Integrated Aquaculture: can holistic design increase system efficiencies and make indoor recirculating aquaculture more successful? Two faculty members and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Environmental Conservation introduce the concept of Building Integrated Aquaculture (BIAq), where aquaculture processes and building systems are treated holistically as a means to harness potential synergies that maximize energy efficiency and optimize operations. The research is a collaboration between fish ecologists and building engineers, who view sustainable indoor aquaculture production as a viable solution to ensuring food security, and to the overharvesting and degradation of aquatic habitats that are threatening wild fisheries. Feature technical article by Simi Hoque (BCT), James Webb (FEC post-doctoral fellow), Andy Danylchuk (FEC). ASHRAE Journal, Vol. 54, No. 2. Feb. 2012. Pp. 16-24....
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BCT Collaborates with Living Routes to bring Sustainable Design and Construction Course

Amherst, MA - A new video produced by UMASS and Living Routes Alum Kris Badertscher describes the new green building in ecovillages summer course(http://vimeo.com/30390823).  BCT Alum and UMASS Sustainability Specialist Ryan Harb developed the hands-on course which has been offered in each of the past two years.  The course combines classroom learning with hands-on experience and is typically offered over a 3 week period each summer at the Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA.  Dr. David Damery, Director of the BCT Program acts as Faculty Sponsor for this course which is accredited through UMASS.  For more information see http://www.livingroutes.org/....
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Talk on 8/3/2011: “Sustainable Wood Construction Practices in Austria”

Join BCT for a presentation this Wednesday by Anton (Toni) Kraler. He is a visiting scholar and Architect from the University of Innsbruck, Austria with a background in Passive House design and acoustics engineering. He has also done a lot of interesting work with wood. He'll be speaking on building physics and wood construction. Who: Anton (Toni) Kraler, Asst.Prof., DI Dr. techn. Timber Engineering Unit - Institute for Structural Engineering and Materials Science University of Innsbruck - Department of Civil Engineering Sciences Title of Talk: Sustainable Wood Construction Practices in Austria Where: Holdsworth Hall, Room 105 When: 10-11am, Wednesday, August 3, 2011...
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Recent BCT graduate creates permaculture garden at UMass

Recent BCT graduate creates permaculture garden at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is taking another groundbreaking step toward reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and combating global climate change by implementing one of the first permaculture gardens on a public university campus in the country. The scope of this project is considerable; UMass students are responsible for transforming a conventional ¼ acre grass landscape into a highly productive and low maintenance garden using no fossil fuels on-site. This involves layering over 150,000 pounds of organic matter by hand during October and November 2010. UMass Amherst Auxiliary Services fully supports and funds this project as it is part of the campus-wide Sustainability Initiative. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer, has been hired as the Auxiliary Services Sustainability Specialist to design and implement the UMass Permaculture Garden with help from eight passionate and hardworking undergraduate students. Auxiliary Services will feed UMass students with the garden’s fresh, local, not-yet-certified organic produce. Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer and LEED Accredited Professional, received his...
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