November's committee meeting included a presentation by Erica Fischer on the connection between fire engineering (particularly for steel structures) and sustainability. Performance-based fire design is rare in the US but common in other parts of the world. Spray-on fireproofing has a high cement content that results in large amounts of embodied carbon emissions.
Other news items this month:
King County adopts new climate plan, including 25% building energy use reduction by 2030.
151-page Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP)
New resilient design pilot credits announced for LEED v4: