LTU talks sustainability at home, abroad

Lawrence Technological University is
going short and long to drive home its point about using sustainable
practices in construction.

Faculty members are preaching the
merits of green building as far away as Asia and here at home. The
university will host a forum on the use of wood construction materials
as a preferred sustainable practice on Oct. 27.

“Wood: the More Sustainable Structural System” will be held at Lawrence Tech’s
Southfield campus, 21000 West 10 Mile Road. It features a panel of
green building experts who will talk about how using wood, a carbon
neutral material, is more sustainable and energy efficient than
alternatives. The experts will also discuss its aesthetic values.
 
The
Detroit chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian
Council of Forest Ministers will co-host the event with Lawrence Tech.
For information, contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@drc-usgbc.org or (248) 228-3190.

On
the other side of the world, Lawrence Tech Prof. Nabil Grace is leading
a study called “Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Materials for
Infrastructure.” He is working with researchers from Stanford
University and Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. They are
developing and testing methods for new alternative construction
materials that will increase the longevity for infrastructure like
bridges.

The research will show how spending a little more up
front will make for a much longer lifespan for such installations,
ultimately saving on materials and money for those tax payers.

Source: Lawrence Technological University
Writer: Jon Zemke