Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 Structures Congress Sustainability Program

Next year's Structural Engineering Institute convention, a.k.a. the Structures Congress, will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2-4, 2013. SEI Sustainability Committee member, Adam Slivers, summarized the sustainability sessions for the Structural Engineers Association of Washington blog. The full account is reprinted below.

Two tracks of seminars will feature sustainability, and currently both are scheduled for Saturday morning. Sustainable Building Systems has two series with the following presentations:
    Informed Tall Building Design: Considering Embodied Environmental Impacts
    Achieving Enhanced Seismic Design Using Viscous Damping Device Technologies
    Innovation in Sustainable Engineering: 350 Mission
    Sustainability Impact of Tall Buildings  

    Sustainable Structures through Morphogenetic Design
Comparing Adaptability - A Case Study of Three Historic Buildings
    Structure as Aesthetic in Sustainable Design Case Study
    In the Looking Glass of Sustainable Architecture
    Structure as Aesthetic in Sustainable Design 

At the same time, Sustainability in Structures has two series with the following presentations:

Sustainable Systems and Materials

    Specifying Sustainable Concrete: The Role of Performance Based Specifications
    Long-term Service-Level Deflection Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Beams with Recycled Concrete Aggregates
Sorting Out the LCA Rhetoric: A Comparison of Life-Cycle Assessment Studies of Structural Systems and Materials
    Challenges and Solutions in Design of Sustainable Building Structural Systems
    Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Design: Quantifying the Benefits of a Holistic Design Approach   

Taking Measure of Structural Thermal Breaks
    A study of the thermal performance of structural details using THERM
    Use of Infrared Imaging to Identify Thermal Energy Losses Due To Structural Thermal Bridging
    Design and Performance of Constructed Thermal Break Connections
    Experimental investigation of insulated concrete sandwich panels reinforced with GFRP shear connector 

Click the series titles above to see the presentation authors and abstracts. The full technical program is here.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Plan Now for Greenbuild 2013

Session proposals for Greenbuild 2013 are due this Friday, January 11th.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. This year the conference will be held November 20 through 22 in Philadelphia. Mark your calendars now.

The first Greenbuild conference was held in Austin in 2002 and attended by a little over 4,000 industry experts. Last year’s event in San Fracisco attracted over 24,000 registrants and 862 exhibitors, representing 90 countries. The conference organizers want to share the message that, “Whatever your story, your background or your nationality, you are a citizen of our planet, a citizen of our community, a citizen of Greenbuild Nation. Together we are reaching across borders to build a better tomorrow.”

Follow @Greenbuild on Twitter for updates. Email info@seisustainability.org for details about submitting a session proposal.

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