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  • posted on June 8, 2016 9:04am

    A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it. A new study shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the energy savings available to them.

  • posted on June 8, 2016 8:58am

    EAST LANSING, Mich. - A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

    A new study led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Procedia Engineering shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the energy savings available to them.

    “Technological advances in building and equipment account for only 43 percent of energy consumption,” said Dong Zhao, assistant professor in MSU‘s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “That means that you could buy the greenest house on the market, yet your personal habits could waste more than 50 percent of your energy savings.”

    As summer heats up and air conditioners kick on, this could be a concern for individual homeowners as well as commercial property owners managing business and residential occupants.

  • posted on June 8, 2016 8:47am

    A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

    A new study led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Procedia Engineering shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the  available to them.

    “Technological advances in building and equipment account for only 43 percent of ,” said Dong Zhao, assistant professor in MSU‘s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “That means that you could buy the greenest house on the market, yet your personal habits could waste more than 50 percent of your  savings.”

    As summer heats up and air conditioners kick on, this could be a concern for individual homeowners as well as commercial property owners managing business and residential occupants.

  • posted on June 8, 2016 8:39am

    EAST LANSING, Mich.—A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

    A new study led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Procedia Engineering shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the energy savings available to them.

    “Technological advances in building and equipment account for only 43 percent of energy consumption,” said Dong Zhao, assistant professor in MSU‘s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “That means that you could buy the greenest house on the market, yet your personal habits could waste more than 50 percent of your energy savings.”

    As summer heats up and air conditioners kick on, this could be a concern for individual homeowners as well as commercial property owners managing business and residential occupants.

  • posted on June 8, 2016 8:24am

    A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

    A new study led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Procedia Engineering shows that people living in green dwellings who don’t maximize their technology can lose half of the energy savings available to them.

    “Technological advances in building and equipment account for only 43 percent of energy consumption,” said Dong Zhao, assistant professor in MSU‘s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “That means that you could buy the greenest house on the market, yet your personal habits could waste more than 50 percent of your energy savings.”

  • posted on May 24, 2016 10:33am

    Each year, the MSU Construction Management Alumni and Industry Advisory Association Board selects undergraduate students majoring in Construction Management (CM) at the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) to be nominated for their Student of the Year Award. To be eligible, students must have achieved the highest level of academic accomplishment, demonstrate leadership and hold high standards of integrity. The recipient of the 2016 Construction Management Student of the Year Award is Madison Hoxsie, a recent spring semester graduate.

    Hoxsie transferred to Michigan State as a sophomore. She has always enjoyed the built environment and being very hands-on with whatever she is doing. Starting in high school, Hoxsie was involved in volunteer work in repairing and building, which contributed to her interest in construction management. After taking CMP 124 with Dennis Welch, an instructor in the CM Program, Hoxsie knew that MSU was where she wanted to complete her bachelor’s degree.

    Throughout her time at MSU, she has been an active member in the CM Program, both in and outside the classroom. She was active in CM-related extracurricular activities, such as serving as treasurer of the Student Builders and Contractors Association (SBCA) for one year, and being an active member for three-and-a-half years.

  • posted on April 22, 2016 1:35pm

    On April 1, 2016, Assistant Professor Dong Zhao, PhD, in the Construction Management Program at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, was honored with the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This award is given to authors of an outstanding paper that was published in the Journal during the previous year.

    Zhao has been a member of the ASCE since 2008, and has served as a reviewer for multiple ASCE journals over the years. He is receiving this award for his paper titled “Resilient Built Environment: New Framework for Assessing the Residential Construction Market.” Although he has published papers in other ASCE journals, this was Zhao’s first and only paper published for the JAE.

    The ASCE accepts nominations for 85 Society Awards with the objective of giving recognition to engineers who excel in their profession through achievement and or published papers. To be eligible to receive this award, Zhao was first nominated by his peers, and then considered and selected by the JAE Editorial Team.

  • posted on April 5, 2016 12:52pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its seventh Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Featured speaker Douglas Maibach, chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises and executive vice president of Barton Malow Company, presented on Re-imagining the Building Process & Experience.

    Joseph Maguire, president and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and president and co-founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), is the facilitator of the Series. These events are popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and help to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

    Doug Maibach grew up with Barton Malow Company, a 91-year-old, employee-owned, family controlled business in Southfield. In 1984, he graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and quickly joined the Barton Malow ranks full-time. He also has a MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. Maibach is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and a registered professional engineer in Michigan and Connecticut, and a licensed builder in Michigan, California, Colorado and Louisiana.

    Maibach began his presentation by giving an overview of Barton Malow, focusing on their core purpose—Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities—which has shaped the company’s identity from its inception. He discussed how, over the years, their portfolio of work has reflected this purpose, as well as their core values of Integrity, Partnership and Empowerment. And, for more than 60 years, the company given back to the community by donating 5% of their annual profits to charity, including the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, THAW: The Heat and Warmth Fund and United Way.

  • posted on March 15, 2016 4:33pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) announces the next Industry Seminar Series event, slated for Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016, at the Human Ecology Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

    The featured speaker will be Douglas Maibach, chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises and executive vice president of Barton Malow Company. He will present on Re-imagining the Building Process and Building Experience. Maibach grew up with Barton Malow Company, a 91-year-old, employee-owned, family controlled business. In 1984, he graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and quickly joined the Barton Malow ranks full-time.

    Barton Malow’s core purpose—Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects and Communities—has shaped the company’s identity from its inception. Over the years, their portfolio of work has reflected this purpose, as well as their core values of Integrity, Partnership and Empowerment. Within the last 10 years, Barton Malow has successfully executed and procured hundreds of contracts throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, many of which have gained local and national attention due to their unique scope of work and/or building design. An example of this, is the construction project currently underway for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) here at MSU. The groundbreaking for the FRIB took place in 2014, and the building is scheduled to open in 2022.

  • posted on March 1, 2016 1:28pm

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) is pleased to welcome two new Assistant Professors to the Construction Management Program: George Berghorn, PhD, and Dong Zhao, PhD.

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