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Disaster resilience as sustainable design

The role of structural engineers in sustainable design is widely perceived as being limited to material specifications and structural efficiency. However, innovation in performance-based design (PBD) and building life-cycle assessment (LCA) is presenting greater opportunities for structural engineers to take a leadership role on the sustainable design team. It is essential that engineers use PBD and LCA to protect the high-performance architectural and mechanical systems being placed in green buildings across the country—especially those that are likely to experience a high-consequence natural hazard such as an earthquake, hurricane, or flood during a structure’s lifetime.... Read More...