LETI 2030 & Tall Building Design: A parametric study of embodied carbon
Date & Time

5 October 2022
18:00 - 20:00 BST

Location

The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
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Free
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LETI 2030 & Tall Building Design: A parametric study of embodied carbon

Lecture
Date & Time

5 October 2022
18:00 - 20:00 BST

Location

The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
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Price
Free
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Working towards net zero carbon, this meeting will present a parametric study and paradigms we need to change.

This event will be held in person and online.

In the context of the climate emergency, upfront carbon is becoming one of the most important design parameters.

In the UK, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) has proposed 2030 targets for upfront carbon to put buildings in the path towards net zero. This is 300kgCO2e/m2 for residential buildings and 350 for commercial. It is a reduction of more than 70% from the current industry averages. To achieve such reductions, we have to make fundamental changes to the way we design tall buildings.

Tall buildings can be very carbon intensive. This event will present the results of a parametric study of different types of buildings and different materials. It explores multiple options varying height, area, spans, basements, material specification and other key parameters, to show how to achieve the proposed targets. It also highlights the importance of geometry, such as spans, in reducing carbon emissions. It includes a parametric study of different stability systems, and it shows what paradigms we need to change in our search for lower carbon buildings. Finally, it explores the impact of specifying lower carbon materials, such as CLT. But also the challenges of using cement replacements, lower carbon concretes and lower carbon steel.

The event will also include the results from WSP’s internal benchmarking for 2020 and 2021

Speaker


Diego Padilla-Philipps
Technical Director and Net Zero Lead, Building Structures
 

As a Net Zero Lead, Diego works towards creating zero carbon buildings to address the climate emergency. This includes the development of the strategy for WSP’s Property and Buildings business to drive emissions down, multidisciplinary, holistically, setting WSP’s commitment to halve carbon emissions from all designs and advice by 2030.

Diego’s role includes strategy, delivery, L&D, Innovation, R&D, and BD; being responsible for some of the new carbon tools being developed and managing a network of 30+ Net Zero champions across all offices and disciplines in the UK, but also internationally to support other regions in developing their strategies.

Diego’s role also includes project delivery. His experience varies from tall building design to complex basements, from office refurbishments to luxury hotels. He was the lead engineer for the design and delivery of 22 Bishopsgate. He also runs our Design Studio initiative and some of our university engagement programmes. He is a founding member of our Diversity and  Inclusion network and an enthusiastic architectural photographer.

Additional Attendee Information

18:00 Reception for 18:15 start

18:15 - 18:30 AGM

18:30 - 19:15 Technical talk

19:15 - 19:25 Q&A

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