Climate Action for Engineers Series: Structural and Infrastructure Mitigation

When:  Oct 30, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)

Number of PDHS: 1.5

Every area of engineering has a different set of opportunities for the mitigation of climate change. In this session we’ll drill down into some ideas for building and infrastructure construction. We’ll review the carbon footprint of concrete, steel, masonry and wood based on current, third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations. Then we’ll consider different types of modifications to standard construction, ranging from incremental to radical. Taking these into account we’ll do a carbon tally of a typical building project. Finally, we’ll introduce some possibilities that might, with research, be truly transformative.

Jim D'Aloisio is a Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in East Syracuse, NY. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mr. D'Aloisio is a Registered Professional Engineer (NY and MA), Member of NYSSPE, ASCE, and SEAoNY, Certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Jim’s chair of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Climate Action Team and a former member and chair of the SEI’s Sustainability Committee. He is a former Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's NY Upstate Chapter, a former USGBC National Board Member (2009), and is a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. He is an Urban Green Council trained presenter on the NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code. He’s written over 20 articles on the relationship between building structures and sustainability, and has presented over 200 times, including day-long seminars on structural building forensics, special inspections, building failures and condition reviews, and climate action for engineers.