Friday, October 25, 2013

Sustainable Structures Symposium

The Portland State University School of Architecture is hosting a sustainable structures symposium
April 17-18, 2014. Learn about the intersections of architecture, structural engineering and green buildings. More about the symposium is available online at

This symposium may be of particular interest to structural engineers, because the organizers recognize that "the role of structural systems and materials in the overall performance of a building has been largely neglected." Structural systems are chosen early in a project and are heavily influenced by buildings codes, construction schedule, and cost. More consideration should be given to the structure considering that it contributes roughly one-quarter of the initial embodied energy in a commercial building.

This symposium promises to explore the greater role structure should have in the design, impact and operation of green buildings.

Recommended by SEI-SC committee member Kathrina Simonen.

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