John Rockwell Discusses Air-Tightness in Buildings

John Rockwell Discusses Air-Tightness in Buildings

John Rockwell of Zehnder America recently treated us to a discussion of the importance of air-tightness in buildings and technical solutions for ventilation. Synopsis Energy and Building Codes have mandated the increase of building air tightness requirements reducing both the stakeholder's energy bills and a building’s carbon impact. With these reduced numbers, a ventilation system is now as necessary as a heating or cooling system. Learn about the strategies and equipment required to maintain indoor air quality and occupant health and comfort. Links Presentation Slides Zehnder America ...
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475’s Oliver Klein lectures on materials for passive house construction

475’s Oliver Klein lectures on materials for passive house construction

Last week, we enjoyed a visit by Oliver Klein, CPHC, LEED AP, who presented some of 475's efficient materials and explained how passive house construction can be attained in a New England climate. Synopsis The name “475” is a reference to the heat demand requirement of the Passive House Standard, 4.75 kBtu/sf./yr. Passive House is the gold standard for high performance envelope construction today. Learn about the strategies and materials used to achieve this extraordinary level of performance in today’s best performing buildings. Links Presentation slides 475 High Performance Building Supply ...
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Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Today we enjoyed a guest lecture (as part of our Fall 2017 BCT lecture series) by Rose Mary Su, Senior Consultant from Acentech. Rose Mary covered acoustical principles and then discussed how acoustical challenges were overcome in the Design Building. Synopsis Acoustics is the key to success for many buildings and building spaces. Most of us have dined in a noisy restaurant unable to hear our friend sitting across the table, or tried to study in a library full of distracting noises. Workplaces today tend to be open and collaborative, but the noise level may inhibit productivity. Learn how acoustically comfortable space is achieved in the face of multiple obstacles. Links Presentation slides Acentech ...
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Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

First in the Fall 2017 BCT lecture series was a talk by Dr. Barry Goodell, who explained decay processes in wood and showed common occurrences of decay in wood structures along with solutions how to prevent those. Synopsis Dr. Barry Goodell is an expert in fungal systems, including those that cause the decay of wood – a multi-billion dollar problem in wooden structures each year. In this talk he covers how decay establishes and can be detected, designs that promote problems, and opportunities for protection and remedial actions. Links Presentation slides Goodell Lab Website ...
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Fall 2017 BCT Lecture Series

Fall 2017 BCT Lecture Series

This fall, we have lined up another semester of interesting, publicly available, free lectures. See below for details. Also note that the lectures are AIA CES approved (1 HSW, see here for details). You can find these events and import them to your calendar here: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/about-us/calendar/action~month/request_format~html/tag_ids~52/...
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