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Low Carbon Construction: Architects & Structural Engineers Role in Getting to Net Zero
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When: 02/19/2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: AIA SF
130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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Low Carbon Construction - Architects & Structural Engineers Role in Getting to Net Zero


The construction industry, through building construction and building use, contributes roughly 40% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions to the environment. Embodied carbon - emissions from building materials and construction - makes up over 25% of this total. The design decisions we make as structural engineers and architects directly impact these emissions. This gives us vital role to play in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. This panel session will discuss advances the structural engineering profession is making toward net zero embodied carbon structures, discuss the top 3 actions structural engineers and architects can take to reduce the embodied carbon in their projects, and discuss how structural engineers and architects can work better together to effectively reduce the embodied carbon of their projects.

This panel session is sponsored by AIASF COTE and SEAONC Sustainable Design Committee. It will be of interest to all building professionals and will raise awareness among architects and structural engineers about how they can make wiser design choices to reduce emissions. Attendees will leave with an idea of sustainable strategies that can be implemented on their projects. This session will include panelists who helped develop the first Low Carbon Concrete Building Code in the U.S. as well as panelists who are involved in the Structural Engineering movement, SE2050, to get to net zero embodied carbon structures by year 2050. This session will be interactive, so come with your questions and ready for discussion!



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Mission: To advance the practice of structural engineering, to build community among our members, and to educate the public regarding the structural engineering profession.

Vision: A world in which structural engineers are valued by the public for their contributions to building a safer and stronger community.