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wtca wrote:
> Mark,
> There is a program developed in Canada through Forintek called Athena that
> computes the life cycle environmental impacts of building construction. This
> is the type of work that I think you are after. There is also a CORRIM
> report that defines this very well also. I will forward your note to several
> people that I know to get you the help you need.
> If you have any additional questions please contact me.
> Kirk Grundahl
> Executive Director of WTCA
> direct email qualtim(--nospam--at)
> The Canadian program remined me of that crazy Canadian Joseph Tsiburek, who used
to present building seminars here in the Pacific Northwest.  He emphasized that
a building was a "system", and it had to do a lot of things.  One of the things
I remember is:  "A building has to be:

		1. buildable
		2. durable
		3. maintainable

Pehaps the emphasis on durable and maintainable are what you are getting at with
regard to sustainable design.

Years ago I met a travelling technical representative for IBM. His job was to
visit service people in the field to find out what their experiences with 
product servicing were.  That information was taken back to design.  In short, 
the goal was to not produce a design that was very economical to build, but 
might require a major and costly disassemly in the field to replace a 50 cent 

James Bela
Oregon Earthquake Awareness

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark and Alla Webster [mailto:markalla(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Saturday, July 03, 1999 3:00 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> 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
> (781)643-2000
> home e-mail: markalla(--nospam--at)
> work e-mail: mdwebster(--nospam--at) (more reliable)