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The Structural Engineers 2050 (SE 2050) Commitment Initiative was created with two central goals in mind: to inspire structural engineers to contribute towards the global vision of zero carbon buildings by 2050 and to provide measurement of progress towards that vision. SE 2050 will challenge structural engineers industry-wide to meet embodied carbon benchmarks and higher reduction targets on a pace for zero embodied carbon in our structural systems by 2050. SE 2050 is inspired by the AIA 2030 Commitment and is designed to complement existing and developing initiatives supported by building owners and architects. Structural engineers therefore have both an unprecedented challenge as well as incredible opportunity to contribute to the sustainable design of our buildings.
The SE2050 Commitment Initiative envisions the development of a structural material quantities database so that structural engineers can understand typical material quantities and associated carbon footprints per square foot for a range of building types, sizes, and locations. The goal of the database is to be a centralized repository that can ultimately be used to establish embodied carbon baselines. The aim of SE 2050 is to provide continuous evaluation of the baseline to inform embodied carbon targets for various project types over time.
This presentation will introduce the SE 2050 Commitment Initiative as well provide practicing engineers practical information on how to measure and reduce embodied carbon. The first part of the presentation will focus on the status of SE 2050 and those involved in its development. There will also be discussion about the database and establishment of carbon baselines. The second part of the presentation will provide education for practicing engineers - focusing on how to measure and reduce embodied carbon in our structures using whole building life cycle assessment. During this part of the presentation, case studies, examples, resources and practical tips & tricks will presented and discussed with the audience.