• As human generated effects on the Earth’s atmosphere, ecology, biodiversity, and available natural resources are becoming more well-defined, the need has arisen to understand the effect of our actions on the world around us and shift our actions to have less detrimental impacts.  Sustainable development is becoming a key focus in many classrooms across the country and structural design is no exception. As the focus increases on the environmental impact of buildings, attention is turning to the role that the structure plays in the building’s overall environmental performance. Steel has some inherently sustainable aspects as a material such as recyclability.  There are also a number of strategies for designing and using steel that reduce natural resource use, construction waste, and environmental impacts. When designing for sustainability, LEED is the most prominent green building standard in use, but there are other methods not mentioned in LEED to achieve sustainable design as well. Other topics included in this document are suggested assignments for students and potential student resources for further learning.
  • Kevin Aswegan
  • Matthew Eatherton
  • Vickie Mouras
Learning Resource Type:
  • Reference – Educational Research Paper
  • Engineering – Construction
  • Engineering – Structural
  • College Junior – College Senior
Media Type:
  • Document
  • Steel Material
  • Steel Structures
  • LEED
  • Design For Deconstruction
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Publication Date:
  • January 2013