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Your meaning of sustainable design should be clarified.

Are you looking at durability of the total building system?, long term
performance of the total system?, specifications that ensure a long term
performance of the building as well as the building envelope?

In British Columbia we are experiencing a "Leaky Condo " crisis where the
building envelopes have failed, not the structural aspects. The structural
is affected due to the water seepage, mainly by capillary action of water
through a badly designed building enevelope.

There is a lot of hands on work being done by building envelope specialists
at the present time. Some are structural engineers, some are architects.

Jamie Lawson P.Eng.
Abbotsford, BC
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark and Alla Webster <markalla(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Saturday, July 03, 1999 11:56 AM
Subject: sustainable design

>I would like to meet others who are interested in incorporating sustainable
>design into the practice of structural engineering.
>There are several topics I'd like to pursue:
>--green structural (and envelope) specifications;
>--special sustainable design services which structural engineers (and
>envelope engineers) may be well-suited to offering, such as
>  --materials evaluation,
>  --system comparisons (such as life-cycle analysis), and
>  --durability studies; and
>--promotion of standards.
>Other topics of discussion would be welcome.
>Anybody interested?
>Mark D. Webster
>Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
>297 Broadway
>Arlington, MA 02474
>home e-mail: markalla(--nospam--at)
>work e-mail: mdwebster(--nospam--at) (more reliable)