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STRUCTURE Magazine: “Seismic Isolation – The Gold Standard of Seismic Protection”

“Seismic Isolation – The Gold Standard of Seismic Protection,” from Forell/Elsesser’s Mason Walters, was published in the July 2015 Structure Magazine.

In STRUCTURE Magazine, Mason discusses the realities of seismic isolation and, more specifically, performance-based seismic design which started to develop in the early 1990s. “By definition, isolating a building from seismic shaking is the most effective way to protect not only a building, but its occupants, contents, and its function.”

July 2015

Structural Engineer Magazine: Establishing Third-Party Certification for Sustainable Building Materials

“Establishing Third-Party Certification for Sustainable Building Materials,” from Forell/Elsesser’s Allen Nudel and Lindsey Maclise, was published in Structural Engineer magazine.

In the article, Allen and Lindsey discuss the potential benefits of the third party certification of wood, concrete, and steel: “The industry is moving toward a more sustainable approach to building design and reviewing the overall lifecycle impact of buildings. Therefore, it is important that we review all aspects of our building’s environmental impacts. As more sustainable building materials are introduced into the market, it is important that we provide a proper vetting system for these materials. A third-party certification system similar to what is currently in place for the wood industry, would provide this tool.”