Structural design and sustainable design are inseparable because they both serve to support our pursuit of a sustainable building in the short term and a sustainable future in the long term. One of the great barriers to the widespread adoption of sustainable design strategies is the lack of a commonly accepted framework. Integral theory was first applied to the architectural field by Mark DeKay in his book Integral Sustainable Design. This multi-lens approach allows seeing sustainable design, not just as a tool to achieve higher energy performance, but also as a vehicle to achieve higher levels of social equity, beauty, and systems integration. The structural engineer, like other design team members, can use this framework when developing a comprehensive approach to sustainable design on every level. An integral relationship to the world is not new, but it is critical for a truly sustainable approach. Sustainable design is much broader and far deeper than one would first suspect.
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Roberts, Saglinda H. and Fleming, Rob, "Sustainable Structures" (2017). Kean Publications. 1645.