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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Schreyer introduces elementary school kids to 3D printing

Schreyer introduces elementary school kids to 3D printing

Often called the third industrial revolution, digital-based manufacturing and especially 3D printing is a technology that can enable easy (home-)production of various consumer and industrial goods. To demonstrate this technology to the next generation of designers and engineers, BCT Program Director Alexander Schreyer brought our 3D printer to Amherst's Wildwood Elementary School. As part of the fourth- and sixth-grade IT curriculum (led by "Mr. T", Trevor Takayama), he first demonstrated how to create printable 3D models and then let the students 3D print some of those. Many students had already designed objects using the freely available Tinkercad web app. As the images show, the 3D printer proved to be a popular addition to the classroom. All kids also took home a small 3D-printed key tag with the "WW" letters on them. In the time since this visit, the Amherst Regional School District has purchased its own 3D printer and is working on integrating it permanently into the IT curriculum. (All images by...
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