Part 3 of 4: Stormwater Strategies: Alternatives to the Conventional

Date: April 4, 2017 5:30pm
Location: Atlantic Wharf, Boston
Speaker(s): Sean Homem Philip Moser

Tuesday, 04.04.2017

Atlantic Wharf (in the Fort Point Room) 
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Directions: Two blocks from South Station on the Red Line. Parking is available in the parking garage between Sorelle Café & Boloco (282 Congress Street and 284 Congress Street) for $12 flat rate if you enter after 5:00PM.

5:30 - 6:00PM    Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM    Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM    Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.



Climate Ready? Designing for Extreme Weather
Boston, like other cities, has identified climate change as a potential threat to our city. Boston’s recently issued Climate Projection Consensus identified four potential impacts (extreme temperatures, extreme precipitation, relative sea level rise, and coastal storms), which drive three major climate hazards: coastal and riverine flooding, stormwater flooding, and extreme heat. Design and construction methods will need to change in response, both to protect our buildings and infrastructure, and also to help limit the built environment’s contribution. Join us for this four-part seminar series that explores the issues of designing for extreme weather, both at an individual and a community level.


Stormwater Strategies: Alternatives to the Conventional
Presented by Sean M. Homem, P.E., S.E., Senior Staff II - Structures & Philip S. Moser, P.E., Senior Project Manager 

Boston, Cambridge, and other municipalities will revisit their stormwater management policies in response to new EPA rules and in anticipation of more-intense rainfall caused by changing weather patterns. While stormwater has traditionally been handled by underground infrastructure, blue and green roofs provide alternative strategies when tight urban sites do not allow space for more conventional approaches. 
This presentation will review key concepts and current regulations for stormwater management and explore how they are likely to change in the future. We will present examples of traditional stormwater infrastructure solutions contrasted against newer, alternative approaches such as blue and green roofs. The presentation will also address other design considerations for blue and green roofs, such as structural limitations, waterproofing, wind-resistance, and maintenance.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts for sustainable stormwater management and how these have changed over time.
  2. Identify appropriate applications for traditional stormwater infrastructure versus alternative approaches.
  3. Recognize the stormwater benefits of green and blue roofs.
  4. Recognize the stormwater management benefits provided by green and blue roofs. 




  Sean M. Homem, P.E., S.E., Senior Staff II - Structures
Sean Homem has ten years of experience in structural, geotechnical, and civil engineering. He has experience in the design, investigation, repair, and rehabilitation of buildings and structures of various types and materials, especially in construction administration and investigation of the effects of rain and ponding of roof structures. He is a member of ASCE and AISC, and is the vice president-elect for the BSCES Construction Institute.

Philip S. Moser, P.E., Senior Project Manager
Philip Moser has more than eleven years of experience designing and investigating building envelope systems, including roofing, wall cladding, plaza and below-grade waterproofing, and glazing systems. His projects have also involved analyzing building moisture problems. He is a member of ASCE and RCI, Inc. (formerly Roofing Consultants Institute). He also serves in a leadership capacity on several ASTM International committees, and as vice chairman of the Waltham Conservation Commission.


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PART 4 of 4: Panel – Comprehensive Look at Design for Climate Change