Salon: Structural Design Strategies for Sustainability and Embodied Carbon Effic

Salon Structural Design Strategies

Please join Urban Green Council for a presentation and discussion of the contribution structural engineers can make to sustainable building outcomes.

We often hear the (mis)perception that there is not much the structural engineering community can contribute toward high-efficiency, sustainable building strategies ? beyond specifying recycled and/or local construction materials. However, we believe that there is in fact much more structural engineers can bring to the table, as the speakers at this event will show.

Robert Otani and Jonatan Schumacher of Thornton Tomasetti will showcase two in-house analysis tools with a focus on embodied energy/embodied carbon efficiency and reduction. Given that the building structure typically accounts for the majority of the total mass of a building, meaningful embodied carbon reductions in the built environment are not possible without substantial structural contributions.

Robert Field of Robert Silman Associates will introduce a variety of sustainability concepts at the structural designer?s disposal ? based on the recently published book ?Sustainability Guidelines for Structural Engineers? by the ASCE?s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). Some local built examples will be presented to highlight how these concepts have been incorporated into real-world design and construction processes.

Robert Otani
, PE, LEED AP,Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
Jonathan Schumacher,Director of Advanced Computational Modeling, Thornton Tomasetti
Robert C. Field, Robert Silman Associates
Ian Pendleton, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates

Wolfgang Werner
, Thornton Tomasetti

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Presentation

GBCI CE Hours(LEED CMP Credits):1.5
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD1.5
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors -

See Sections 17 & 18 Here

Special thanks to The Mohawk Group for hosting this event.

If you're interested involunteeringfor this event, send us anemail.

This is one of several monthly programs developed by our volunteer Monthly Programs Committee

Date:Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
71 West 23rd Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10010

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