Mark Webster Contributes to ASCE Report on Structural Materials and Global Climate

November 7, 2017
Structural Materials and Global Climate

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) senior staff member Mark Webster contributed to a recent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report on greenhouse gas emissions for the structural engineering industry. ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) sponsored the report, “Structural Materials and Global Climate: A Primer on Carbon Emissions for Structural Engineers.” Mark served as editor and contributed to the publication, and also chairs SEI’s Carbon Working Group. 

The technical report gives a general overview of climate science and how it relates to the structural engineering profession, and focuses on how structural materials and systems affect a building’s carbon footprint from construction through building use and reuse. The authors explore how the life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology can help structural engineers consider greenhouse gas emissions, and offers practical recommendations for mitigating climate change.  

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