Climate change is an issue that many of our engineers want to make a difference in, not only in their everyday lives but in the structures they build.
Meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. In November 2019 we signed up to the Engineers Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency" Declaration from the IStructE.
For the designs of our buildings we consider how low carbon and sustainable materials can be best utilised during construction, and how the building fabric and systems can be optimised to provide a sustainable performance over the building life cycle. The demolition phase is considered, with recoverable materials being weighted as more preferable when considering development legacy.
As structural and civil engineers, our primary focus is on material selection. There is obvious merit in selecting sustainably sourced timber products that allow us to start from a positive position of having recovered CO2 locked within our frame for the good of all, but we also consider the impact of material transportation and installation, as well as economics and the demands of the supply chain when taking this approach. On site energy efficient measures, and on site zero carbon technologies are prioritised and, at times, it may be appropriate to use off site measures to improve the design offering.
Our team has specific experience in delivering projects to a range of sustainable design standards including BREEAM and The London Plan. Together with our clients, we commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.
We are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations and make social impact a priority for all. These 17 Goals look to transform our world and promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Strengthening our commitment to reducing our environmental impact
We are pleased to be one of the early signatures on The Institution of Structural Engineers declaration