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Book Looks At Impact Of Structural Materials and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 7, 2017

More than 40% of human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are contributed through building construction and use. The American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) new primer on greenhouse gas emissions for the structural engineering community, Structural Materials and Global Climate, focuses on the impact of structural materials and systems. Structural engineers can play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions by designing structures that emit fewer of these gases during construction, throughout building use, and at end of building life. This report explains the science behind climate change and practical ways structural engineers can help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

The report sets the stage with an introduction and overview of climate change science. It goes on to examine how buildings contribute to climate change and introduces life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. The report reviews the variability and uncertainties associated with LCA, LCA data sources and tools, as well as how LCA is incorporated into green rating systems and codes. The carbon dioxide impact of five primary structural materials are assessed, with guidance on how structural engineers can reduce that impact.

Structural and architectural engineers, as well as architects, construction managers, and building owners, will consult this report for accurate, practical recommendations on reducing emissions that cause climate change.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.

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