ASCE Board Drives Climate Readiness and Resilience to Industry Standards

In order to confront our current climate crisis, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction encourages all ASCE standards committees to review current versions of industry standards, such as ASCE/SEI 7-22 – Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, with respect to climate readiness and resilience. The ASCE Board of Direction is comprised of three Presidential Officers and fifteen Directors. Further, the Board suggests that the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) take the following actions:

  1. Supplement ASCE 7* to update the flood information;
  2. Develop an interim guideline to address climate impacts on environmental hazards, before the publication of ASCE 7-28;
  3. Conduct outreach to federal agencies to ensure new grant programs under IIJA include standards with criteria or eligibility;
  4. And, identify ways to standardize, codify, and address embodied cardon reductions and climate change impacts.

* ASCE 7 is the Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI 7-22). An integral part of building codes in the United States, ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures describes the means for determining design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, seismic, and wind loads and combinations for general structural design. Structural engineers, architects, and building code officials find the structural load requirements essential to professional practice.

About ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

(Source: American Society of Civil Engineers)

© 2022 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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