Structural Engineers and Sustainability: An Opinion Survey

TitleStructural Engineers and Sustainability: An Opinion Survey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRodriguez-Nikl, T, Kelley, J, Qing, X, Hammer, K, Tilt, B
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsBUILDINGS , GREEN , GREENHOUSE , professional , SOCIAL , Structural , SURVEYS , sustainable
AbstractEnergy use in buildings is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; the residential sector uses more than 20% of the energy in the United States. For this reason among others it is important to implement sustainable design practices in construction. Previous research has shown that there are significant barriers to doing so and that sustainability is not a main consideration in choosing the structural system. To improve understanding of structural engineers' attitudes toward sustainability, an opinion survey was conducted in Oregon and Washington. Results highlight lack of information as a major barrier to adopting sustainable design practices. Respondents request standardized, current, and reputable data applicable to codes and standards. Results also indicate that clients are the most important influence on structural engineers. Results suggest that structural engineers should expand their thinking about both techniques and how engineering fits in the larger context of sustainable development. 
NotesRodriguez-Nikl, Tonatiuh 1; Email Address: Kelley, Jason 2 Qing Xiao 3 Hammer, Katherine 4 Tilt, Bryan 5; Affiliation: 1: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, California State Univ., 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032 2: Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering (Water Resources), Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331 3: Dept. of Public Health, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331 4: TM Rippey Consulting Engineers, Oregon State Univ., 7650 SW Beveland St. #100, Portland, OR 97223 5: Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 97331; Source Info: Jul2015, Vol. 141 Issue 3, p04014011-1; Subject Term: STRUCTURAL engineers; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE design; Subject Term: SURVEYS; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: BUILDINGS -- Energy consumption; Subject Term: GREENHOUSE gases; Subject Term: STRUCTURAL engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: Green building; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional personnel; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social factors; Author-Supplied Keyword: Structural design; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article