Benjamin Solomon Weil

Benjamin Solomon Weil
University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst · Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Ph.D.

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The construction sector accounts for 30–40 % of the world’s energy use and produces 40–50 % of the greenhouse emissions, and therefore construction techniques with low environmental emissions have been studied and developed. Most low-energy and net-zero energy building (NZEB) concepts defined by international agencies primarily use operational ener...
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This paper presents preliminary data on a series of building comfort experiments conducted in the field. We performed physical in-situ measurements and solicited responses from 409 (184 female; 225 male) university students in six different classrooms at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst during three seasons (fall, winter and spring). Our que...
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The University of Massachusetts has a rapidly evolving commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environmental sustainability of its operations. According to the most recent IPCC report, the buildings sector has more potential to contribute to climate change mitigation than any other sector. The energy efficient designs of t...
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Straw bale construction offers a renewable, sustainable and proven alternative to mainstream building methods; still, little is known about its airflow characteristics. To this end, the intent of this paper is to evaluate airtightness of fully constructed and plastered straw bale walls as well as individual plain straw bales. The first experiment e...
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In 2007, Mayor Menino and the Boston Redevelopment Authority implemented Article 37, an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code requiring new construction approved under Large Project Review be designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. The amendment was intended to promote green building practices in the city and...
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This paper describes a method to improve the accuracy of predicted space heating energy usage in existing buildings simulated using eQuest, an energy modeling program. The method is an adjustment of actual energy usage data using heating degree days (HDD) encoded in the inputted TMY weather file and short-term weather data collected on site. TMY we...
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In 2007, Mayor Menino and the Boston Redevelopment Authority implemented Article 37, an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code requiring new construction approved under Large Project Review be designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. The amendment was intended to promote green building practices in the city and...
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The determinant share of cities in global primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions highlights the importance of dissemination and development of reliable urban planning and policy tools. To reach sustainable urban development, having a comprehensive understanding of the concept of urban metabolism is critical. This work is the first step tow...
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Solutions to the climate and energy crises will likely involve large scale renewable energy technology deployment and of renewable energy technologies in building energy systems and transportation systems. But they will also require changes in lifestyle, behavior, and social organization. Solar heating and bicycle use are well-developed technologie...
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Since at least the 1970s, the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of renewable energy have been well known, but overall public policy has insufficiently supported the growth of renewable energy production. Unlike the federal and other state governments, California, during the 1970s and 1980s, made a commitment to a renewable ene...
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Although the Indian Forest Service was founded on conservationist principles, by the twentieth century it had become almost exclusively devoted to profitable exploitation of the forests it managed. Quantitative content analysis of the service’s primary voice, The Indian Forester, correlates the transition from conservation to extraction to shifts f...
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This essay traces the development of the physical and cultural infrastructure of colonial flood control in the Indus valley. Reconstructing investigations into the causes of a series of floods illustrates the conflict between the idiosyncratic, local knowledge-based, approach of generalists and the reductionist, technological mentality of engineers...

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