Carbon Leadership Forum

February 9, 2017

Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Initiative

Leading to Zero Carbon Structures

The goal of the Structural Engineers 2050 (SE 2050) Commitment Initiative is 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. Much like the AIA 2030 Commitment does for operational energy in buildings, this SE 2050 initiative will challenge structural engineers to meet embodied carbon benchmarks and increasingly higher reduction targets in a “race towards the most efficient building” as we approach the year 2050.

Towards this goal, the initiative aims to enlarge the collection of structural material quantities on buildings projects to enable the determination of an embodied carbon baseline. Therefore, the initiators will develop a process that enables simple and straightforward, yet robust, collection of structural material quantity data. Contributing data will be rewarding for structural engineers, as it provides information on material efficiency.

The draft project description can be found HERE.

The SE 2050 Commitment Initiative is led by Catherine De Wolf (dewolf.catherine@gmail.com) at MIT with contributions from Frances Yang at Arup and Duncan Cox and Amy Hattan (ahattan@thorntontomasetti.com) at Thornton Tomasetti as well as Kate Simonen at the University of Washington and Wil Srubar at the Univesrity of Colorado. The project is in it’s pilot phase testing application with the two structural engineering firms and looking to find a sponsor to support expanded data collection.