Definition of Sustainability
We have great news! Sustainable Solutions – the special report that was included in the October 2004 issue of Structural Engineer – won an award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (see the news article on page 10).We are thrilled with the honor and pleased to be recognized for our extra effort to bring you useful information.
Blast-resistant design for buildings
The 1995 attack on the Oklahoma City Murrah Building served as a major impetus to raise government interest in blast protection for facilities in the United States. In response, the federal Interagency Security Committee (ISC) addressed the issue promptly by developing a blast-resistance standard outlining new criteria for design. Subsequently, the horrific structural collapses of Sept. 11, 2001, refocused attention and emphasis on design for extraordinary loads.
Environmental issues, declining timber quality, and unpredictable lumber prices have caused builders and designers to explore alternative construction materials. Trus Joist’s FrameWorks Building System of engineered lumber products effectively satisfies the demanding criteria placed on today’s building products.