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Specification Writing Advice for More Sustainable Concrete Projects

  • 21 Mar 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • PDH certificates are not available for student registration.
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SEAoNY Sustainable Design Committee Presents:

Specification Writing Advice for More Sustainable Concrete Projects

DATE: March 21, 2023
TIME: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Zoom Webinar

Structural Engineers have the opportunity to include language in project specifications that will influence the selection of materials by the procurement team. When carefully researched, the specification team can identify concrete suppliers that will offer products manufactured with the lowest impact to the environment.

In this webinar, the presenters will offer the appropriate background information and potential approaches to defining embodied carbon limits within the concrete specs that can be used to determine the acceptance of suppliers and products. They will also outline two approaches for including these embodied carbon limits and discuss the pros and cons of each approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify clear language that can be written into typical concrete specs to reduce embodied carbon in structural systems
  • Identify different approaches to specifying embodied carbon limits for structural concrete materials
  • Define methods that can be used today to reduce embodied carbon in concrete mixes
  • Define potential challenges and/or contractor resistance to embodied carbon language in concrete specifications

1 PDH offered

Registration Fees:
SEAoNY Members – Free
Non-Members – $15
Non-Member Student - $5


Matthew Streeter, PE
 Associate Structural Designer – Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Matt is an Associate Structural Designer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill who has been practicing since 2014. He did his undergraduate work at Syracuse University and achieved a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University in 2012. Following this, he studied under Sigrid Adriaenssens in the Form Finding lab at Princeton University and achieved a Masters of Science in Engineering with research focused on numerical approaches to the form finding of inflatable dam structures. Matt currently helps lead the lifecycle group at SOM which, along with colleagues from several offices, focuses on quantifying and reducing embodied carbon in various structural systems.

Registration ends  9:00 am, March 21, 2023



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