Thursday, January 14, 2010

Greening Your Building with Wood - Sustainable Design Considerations for Non-Residential Buildings

Join Lisa Podesto, PE of WoodWorks to learn how wood construction can contribute to green building. We will dispel common myths about forestry management, explains wood's role in the three “R”s, and discusses how wood contributes to the occupant environment. We will also review how wood products can positively affect climate change. Topics include: the role of CO2, the carbon cycle and current events. Examples showing how wood compares to other materials will also be shown. Using scientifically-based life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, this session demonstrates why wood products are better for the environment than other materials in terms of indicators such as embodied energy, air and water pollution and global warming potential. LCA is becoming the world standard for evaluating the sustainability of materials and assemblies and improving environmentally based decision-making. The tools available to conduct LCA for buildings and components will be introduced as well.

Lisa Podesto, PE is a California licensed professional engineering and Technical Director for the Wood Products Council initiative, WoodWorks, which serves to promote wood in the non-residential building industry. For 6 years prior to joining the WoodWorks initiative Lisa was a Project Manager and a Design Engineer specializing in wood design. She earned her BS in General Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and her MS in Civil Engineering from San Francisco State University. She is the current Chair of the SEAOCC Sustainable Design Committee, an active member of the SEAONC Sustainable Design Committee and also participates on the state wide SEAOC Sustainable Design Committee. She is also a member of ASCE and SWE.

Lunchtime Learning Pleasanton: Greening your Building with Wood - Sustainable Design Considerations for Non-Residential Buildings
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Dr., Pleasanton
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: None; this program is open to all. Please RSVP.

For more information: 510/464-3600

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