The Role of Sustainability in Structural Engineering

Sustainability is not always included in the vocabulary of structural engineers. As we advance our built environment and create buildings that are higher performing, if not net positive energy, the global impact of our construction materials – where they come from, how they are processed, what they are made of - become increasing important. This presentation will provide an overview of sustainable strategies for structural engineers and will provide a deep dive into what the Carbon Leadership Forum, along with several institutions, are learning about embodied carbon benchmarks. Several case studies will be presented to cover a range of best practices – a top 10 list – for structural engineers, along with some examples of parametric analysis tools to inform our design process. The talk will inspire a discussion about the structural engineers' commitment to carbon reduction and the role we all need to play in advancing best practices.


Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, LEED Fellow Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader

Gunnar Hubbard is a recognized leader in green building across the United States and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with 25 years of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and advocate. As a principal and Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice leader, he oversees green building experts in the New York City, London, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland, Maine, offices and collaborates with the firm’s nine other practices on projects all over the globe. As “keeper of the environmental mission of a project”, he guides designers and clients on an integrative path to high-performance green buildings internationally. Gunnar’s experience spans a wide variety of projects, including corporate facilities such as the LEED C&S platinum Zurich Insurance Headquarters in Schaumburg, Il, hospitality and mixed-use developments such as the 76-acre City Center in Las Vegas, and residential projects like One John Street on the Brooklyn waterfront in New York City. He develops and leads green building workshops around the world, most recently in Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Stockholm.

Gunnar was a USGBC LEED Faculty for 10 years, has worked on more than 200 LEED projects, and has also taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Cornell University, Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. In 2015, he was accepted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2012 as a LEED Fellow. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

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