BVH’s Ilona Prosol and Jeremy Rapoza Present on the Design Building’s Mechanical Systems

BVH’s Ilona Prosol and Jeremy Rapoza Present on the Design Building’s Mechanical Systems

For the second talk in our Spring 2017 BCT Lecture Series, we enjoyed a visit by the mechanical systems designers on the Design Building, Ilona Prosol and Jeremy Rapoza, of BVH Integrated Systems. In a two-hour talk and tour, they led students and faculty through the many air handling, heating, cooling, fire suppression, and many other systems that make our Design Building a comfortable home for our program. Links BVH Integrated Services BVH presentation ...
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Aaron Smith of View Inc. Presents on Electrochromic Glass

Aaron Smith of View Inc. Presents on Electrochromic Glass

The first presentation in the spring 2017 BCT lecture series was by Aaron Smith, who explained the many benefits of electrochromic glass. This type of glass, which has been installed on two facades in the UMass Design Building dynamically reacts to exterior sunlight and weather and tints accordingly. The image below of our third floor conference rooms illustrates how this looks (full tint at right and no tint at left). Links View Dynamic Glass View Glass UMass Presentation More about this technology ...
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UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass just released a video that showcases BCT's new home, the beautiful and sustainable Design Building. This building showcases many advanced and green building technologies, including an industry-leading contemporary wood structure. You can learn more about the Design Building on our site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJ8OyMpEcE...
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Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

BCT's extension faculty member Ben Weil and his "Clean Energy Corps" students (from the BCT 597R course) were recently in the news with their efforts to make buildings more sustainable for Massachusetts' municipalities: Let Us Introduce the UMass Clean Energy Corps Ask town officials what they think in Ware. Ask them in Natick, and in Greenfield. Palmer too. These are some of the towns where the new UMass Clean Energy Corps has touched down in the few months since its founding. The Corps is a student-centered initiative focused on helping communities across the Commonwealth develop and meet their clean energy goals. It was created by UMass Clean Energy Extension, a research and outreach program that in its first two years of life has been helping transform communities and businesses into cleaner, more efficient places to live, work, and grow into the future. UMass Clean Energy Extension is a program of UMass Extension (or as it was once known, Cooperative Extension), which, for over a hundred...
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BCT Showcases Design Building to Secretary Beaton

BCT Showcases Design Building to Secretary Beaton

BCT had the pleasure today to showcase our research and our beautiful new heavy-timber Design Building to Matthew Beaton, State Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA). BCT faculty member Dr. Peggi Clouston and program director Alexander Schreyer provided a tour of the new building to Secretary Beaton, Chancellor Subbaswamy, Dean Goodwin, and others. Secretary Beaton even took a moment to sign our commemorative glulam beam. ...
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