BCT’s Spring 2019 Lecture Series Announced

BCT’s Spring 2019 Lecture Series Announced

The BCT program just announced its lecture series for the spring semester 2019. All lectures are free and open to the public. AIA and USGBCI CES credits are available. You can find these events in our calendar or you can subscribe to the entire series in your calendar application using this link. Reposted from: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/bcts-spring-2019-lecture-series-announced/...
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Clouston and Schreyer discuss Mass Timber on Mass Construction podcast

Clouston and Schreyer discuss Mass Timber on Mass Construction podcast

Joseph Kelly of MassConstruction.org visited BCT last week for a tour of the Olver Design Building, our award-winning home at UMass. He also brought along his microphone and taped a podcast with Professors Clouston and Schreyer about the Design Building and the current wave of new MassTimber buildings. You can listen to the podcast below (just click "play") and find the complete podcast archive (and subscribe to his series) here or on iTunes. Reposted from: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/clouston-and-schreyer-discuss-mass-timber-on-mass-construction-podcast/...
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Graduate Student, Helena Murray’s Research Spotlighted – “Private forests, public benefits”

Graduate Student, Helena Murray’s Research Spotlighted – “Private forests, public benefits”

https://www.fs.fed.us/blogs/private-forests-public-benefits Private forests, public benefits Margee Haines Natural Resource Specialist, USDA Forest Service December 21, 2018 at 1:00pm Privately-owned forests provide water, recreational opportunities, timber and other forest products, as well as habitat for fish and wildlife. However, as forests become fragmented by roads or converted to development, the benefits they provide can be compromised or lost altogether. Now a new report is asking that we take a closer look at the economic contributions of the privately-owned forests – specifically, forests conserved through the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program (FLP). The FLP is one way that the Forest Service responds to land use changes that threaten rural communities and economies. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts and the Forest Service used national, regional, and statewide data to estimate annual timber harvest volumes and wood utilization, the value of maple syrup production, and annual use and trip spending for fishing, hunting and snowmobiling for FLP-conserved properties in four areas of the country: the Northeast, Northern Wisconsin and Michigan, Idaho and Western Montana, and...
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Register Now for BCT’s Spring 2019 Continuing Education Courses at UMass’ Mount Ida Campus

Register Now for BCT’s Spring 2019 Continuing Education Courses at UMass’ Mount Ida Campus

Starting with the Spring Semester 2019, BCT will be offering courses at the new Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, MA. For this first semester, we provide two courses that target continuing education students and professionals that are interested in furthering their education in sustainable construction and building technology. The following 3-credit, semester-long courses are available for registration now. Start date for the semester is January 22, 2019. Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N) Legal issues arising from design and construction services, with a practical focus on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, contract documents, contract administration, liens & bonds, claims, professional liability, human resources, legal evidence & recordkeeping, and dispute resolution. The course will also touch on the special legal challenges presented by technological, scientific, and cultural developments including sustainability, BIM/VDC, mass timber, automation, and climate change. Instructor: Steven J. O’Neill, Esq. High Performance Building: Issues and Perspectives (BCT 597Q) This course examines...
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