New Publication: “A framework for integrated urban metabolism analysis tool (IUMAT)”

Abstract: IUMAT (Integrated Urban Metabolism Analysis Tool) is a system-based sustainability analysis tool. It quantifies and aggregates the social, economic and environmental capitals of urban activity in an integrated framework focusing on the metabolic flows of urban development. This paper builds on previous work on urban metabolism and advances an analytical framework that defines how the consumption of resources and resulting environmental impacts are calculated as indices of sustainability in an urban region. The benefits of integrated urban modeling using the proposed framework as well as the data sources are detailed. The underlying analytical framework for the proposed tool applies the dynamics of choice, time, and scale towards dynamically interpreting demographic and economic factors. IUMAT's calculative modules for land cover, transportation, and energy/water/resource use are described as well as the modality of connections between the modules. Nariman Mostafavi, Mohamad Farzinmoghadam, Simi Hoque, A framework for integrated urban metabolism analysis tool (IUMAT), Building and Environment, Volume 82, December 2014, Pages 702-712, ISSN 0360-1323,...
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Clouston co-authors book chapter on laminated bio-based composites

Clouston co-authors book chapter on laminated bio-based composites

A recently published book titled "Bio-Based Composites for High-Performance Materials: From Strategy to Industrial Application" (published by CRC press) includes a chapter on "Characterization and Strength Modeling of Laminated Bio-Based Composites", which was co-authored by BCT-faculty Peggi L. Clouston, Sanjay R. Arwade, and Alireza Amini. See below for an excerpt on Google Books: Link: http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482214482...
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Schreyer’s Favorite Places Open-Source Project Implemented at Smith College

As it turned out, finding the places that really matter to people on a campus wasn't just for UMass. Smith College now has their own "Favorite Places" app. Implemented by Jon Caris, director of the Spatial Analysis Lab at Smith, this web app now allows anyone at Smith to share their experiences on and around their campus. The "Favorite Places" web app was originally developed by Alexander Schreyer, Senior Lecturer in BCT, to help with the UMass master planning process. In the meantime, it has been made available freely as an open-source project. Link: http://www.smith.edu/news/map-for-that  ...
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BCT’s Damery Instrumental in Bringing $6M in Funding to UMass Amherst to Form New Energy Extension Initiative

As announced at yesterday's day-long workshop “Helping Communities with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”, BCT's faculty member David Damery was instrumental in bringing this important energy extension initiative to UMass. From the press release: AMHERST – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced a four-year, $6 million grant to form a new UMass Amherst Energy Extension Initiative. It will serve as a resource on renewable and clean energy options for cities and towns, industry, hospitals, colleges and universities, nonprofits and other organizations across the Commonwealth. “This investment shows the Patrick administration is committed to keeping Massachusetts a national clean energy leader,” said Secretary Sullivan. “The initiative will help municipalities as well as organizations across the Commonwealth cut their energy use, create jobs and protect the environment.” He made the announcement during a day-long workshop, “Helping Communities with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency,” today on the UMass Amherst campus for city and town energy managers, mayors, other officials, businesses and planners. The...
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Schreyer Presents at 2014 SketchUp 3D Basecamp in Vail, CO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWUyyP9v6hw&list=PL-bndkJaV8A5pV_wb4kSy5tZTdII2OqXt As part of the 2014 iteration of Trimble's SketchUp 3D Basecamp conference, BCT Program Director Alexander Schreyer presented on “Components are our friends: How component-based modeling can improve your life” and gave a workshop (together with Daniel Tal) on “Plugins and Scripting for Architects”. This conference, held in Vail, CO was attended by approximately 250 practitioners and educators. You can watch his presentation online as part of the YouTube playlist above (look for video #8). You can also find out more about this conference on the following page: http://www.alexschreyer.net/cad/sketchup-3d-basecamp-2014-recap/  ...
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