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School of Architecture hosts Sustainable Structures Symposium
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:15am to Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:50pm
School of Architecture hosts Sustainable Structures Symposium

What role should structure have in the design, impact and operation of green buildings? The Sustainable Structures Symposium, to be presented by the PSU School of Architecture on April 17 and 18, explores this question with two days of presentations by experts and practitioners on topics including resiliency, life cycle analysis, innovative wood structures, and how to best educate future architects and engineers on sustainable structures.

Building envelopes, mechanical systems and daylighting are the traditional emphasis of green building practice and scholarship, while the role of structural systems and materials in the overall performance of a building has been largely neglected in this field. Like all other aspects of a building, symposium presenters will assert, the structural system needs to be understood in terms of wide range of sustainability issues--embodied energy, operational energy, longevity and reuse.

“Despite the fact that the structure of a typical office building contributes roughly one-quarter of the initial embodied energy and is, at the very least, the armature for all other building systems, little consideration is typically given to the ways that the structure could improve sustainable outcomes,” said Assistant Professor of Architecture Corey Griffin, the symposium’s organizer.

The symposium’s keynote lecture, Thursday, April 17,  6pm, will be given by architects Michael Green and Eric Karsh, authors of the notable case study “The Case for Tall Wood Buildings: How Mass Timber Offers a Safe, Economical and Environmentally Friendly Alternative for Tall Building Structures.”

The final session of the symposium, Friday, April 18, 4pm, is free and open to the public, in the Shattuck Hall Annex.

Information about the Sustainable Structures Symposium is available at the event’s web site.  Download the symposium's poster here