Eureka Girls Build and Test Bridges with BCT PhD Students

Eureka Girls Build and Test Bridges with BCT PhD Students

BCT Ph.D. Candidates Carl Fiocchi, Nariman Mostafavi, and Soroush Farzinmoghadam sponsored a session for “Eureka” which is on campus for the month of July. Eureka is a fantastic program where young women are exposed to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. In this session, “Why Buildings don’t Fall Down – Building with Macaroni” the girls, Eureka Scholars, viewed a presentation on buildings and bridges - elegant, strong, and safe; worked through a statics lecture solving a simple equilibrium problem, reviewed a vocabulary list of some structural terms and forces, and learned some of building techniques and strategies (with Macaroni). They then built a macaroni bridge and tested its response to greater and greater loads until finally the structures failed or in some cases until they started to fail as some girls wanted to keep their models. Some bridges were pretty darn robust --- check out the photos! You can find more images on our Facebook page....
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Weil to speak on net-zero Food Coop at Green Night

Weil to speak on net-zero Food Coop at Green Night

The Western Mass Green Consortium is hosting a presentation by board members of the Quabbin Harvest Food Coop on their path towards a net-zero energy operation. BCT faculty member, Ben Weil provided the hygothermal modeling and analysis that enabled them to insulate an antique structural masonry building that might have otherwise been too risky to insulate (due to potential increased freeze/thaw and moisture issues). As part of their Energy Auditing course, BCT students Andrew Weuling and Brian Sunnerberg worked with Weil, using infrared thermography, pressure testing, and temperature data logging to provide analyses and prescriptions that will enable the Coop to reduce its energy use for heating and cooling, recover heat from the refrigeration equipment, and run the refrigeration and freezers more efficiently. Come hear about a project that combines cutting-edge building science, renewable energy, sustainable local food systems, and community organizing and economic development. Western Mass Green Consortium’s Green Night is July 8, 2015 at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton from...
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BCT Students Revitalize Springfield

As part of a day of volunteering with Revitalize CDC in the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield, MA, BCT students helped make homes more energy efficient.In the words of Zachary Kushner, co-president of the NAHB student group at UMass Amherst: “It's always nice to do community service projects ... but its also good for team bonding and we can all work together and accomplish the same goal. And at the end of the day, we can look back at the work we did and you know its a good feeling.” You can watch the entire video of the WGGB report below: Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM   The NAHB student group also has photos of the event on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.969283853111319.1073741834.746049955434711&type=1...
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(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies

(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies

Ar a recent meeting, atelier ten, sustainability consultants on the (I)DB project, showed this beautiful depiction of all the sustainability features in our new building. Click on the image to view the full version. Also, as you can see above, the word "Integrated" has been dropped from its name to comply with university policies. Therefore, most recent documents simply refer to it as the "Design Building". Because of our faculty's preferences, we will, however keep the word in parentheses for now. For more on the project, visit this page....
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UMass Extension Inaugurates New Program in Energy

The UMass Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) recently showcased BCT faculty member Ben Weil's efforts with the Massachusetts Energy Extension Initiative (MAEEI), a program funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. You can read more about it here: http://ag.umass.edu/news-events/highlights/umass-extension-inaugurates-new-program-in-energy  ...
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