Sustainability Panel

Our Sustainability Panel promotes best practice in sustainable construction.

The panel promotes effective industry-wide initiatives on sustainable construction in conjunction with other construction sector bodies.


  • Chair
  • Up to 13 other members
  • Corresponding members


Get involved:

With extensive experience of sustainability issues gained in practice, you will assist in developing useful guidance and updates to members.

You will attend four meetings a year and have full access to all related documents. You will undertake some work between meetings.

Participating in the panel is a great way to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

We invite expressions of interest in panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.

Contact the panel if you have questions about their work. 

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Explore our range of online training, recorded lectures and up and coming events.

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Featured resources and events

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Circular economy panel debate

A technical debate around practical approaches towards implementing the circular economy within structural engineering and the construction industry.

Date ‐ 7 January 2022
Author ‐ Laura Batty, Andrea Charlson, Penny Gowler and Charlie Wedgwood
Price ‐ 0
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Mass timber embodied carbon factors

Arup has conducted a review of European manufacturers’ CLT and glulam Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The review demonstrates that the currently adopted industry average carbon factors for CLT and glulam have reduced when compared with factors from the Inventory of Carbon and Energy database (ICE database).

Date ‐ 1 December 2021
Author ‐ Tom Place, Clare Perkins and Lucy Caine
Price ‐ 0
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Low carbon sprayed concrete

The executive summary from a 2020 Research Award winning project.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Professor Chris Goodier, Professor Sergio Cavalaro, Zhi Hu, Michael Sataya, Dr Chris Peaston, Stuart Manning
Price ‐ Free
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COP26 and structural engineering

Date ‐ 15 November 2021
Author ‐ Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action, IStructE
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Minimal intervention: less is more

Hear from the engineer behind the Structural Award-winning Newquay Harper Footbridge project - and get into the mindset of only doing what is necessary.

Date ‐ 27 April 2020
Author ‐ Tony Parasram
Price ‐ Free
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The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK

The poster of the 2021 Coolest Concrete Award winner, Robin Oval, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Cambridge.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Robin Oval
Price ‐ Free
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Design for zero

This guide explains why overdesign is so prevalent, its impact on material consumption and CO2 emissions, and provides five key actions you can take now, to reduce the carbon your projects produce. 

Date ‐ 29 October 2021
Author ‐ J J Orr, M Cooke, T J Ibell, C Smith & N Watson
Price ‐ £22.50
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Masonry solutions for low energy buildings

Learn how to avoid unintended consequences to buildings in accordance with the 2022 changes to the Building Regulations.

Date ‐ 26 April 2022
Author ‐ David Boyd, Tony Hopkin and Mike Leonard
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT

Related resources and events

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Using steel in changing times

Attend this e-conference to learn how to use steel in an effective and sustainable way in changing times.

Date ‐ 22 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £45 - £275 + VAT
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Net-zero structural design

A new course designed to enable you to design structures with net zero emissions. Delivered as a series of interactive online sessions across five weeks.

Date ‐ 22 September 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £715 + VAT
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Annual academic conference 2022

A conference dedicated to best practices in integrating climate emergency teaching into academic curricula, and professionalism and ethics in both academic environments and workplaces.

Date ‐ 15 September 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ Free
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Modern solutions for repairing, strengthening and waterproofing concrete

This sponsored seminar by Mapei will focus on the principles and practices of Structural Below Ground Waterproofing, and it will cover many aspects of waterproofing, including best practices for good QA and monitoring of workmanship on site.

Date ‐ 6 September 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ Free
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Structural engineering with bamboo

This course will equip attendees with practical knowledge about structural design with bamboo stems (culms). The course considers aspects of concept design, detailed design and durability by design.

Date ‐ 13 July 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £265 - £395 + VAT
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Using concrete in a changing environment e-conference

This inaugural e-conference is dedicated to helping structural engineers understand how to assess, strengthen and reuse existing concrete structures to extend their life and reduce the impact the built environment profession has on the environment.

Date ‐ 5 July 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £45 - £275 + VAT
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fib: What's happening? 2022

This annual update provides an overview of the ongoing work from two fib commissions.

Date ‐ 30 June 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ Free
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Could sustainability be advanced through simplification of codes of practice?

Alasdair Beal sets out his views on how changes to codes of practice could enable engineers to achieve more efficient designs with lower embodied carbon.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Alasdair Beal
Price ‐ £9
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How to achieve a SCORS A rating using current materials and technology

Muiris Moynihan takes structural engineers through a series of actions they could take to lower the embodied carbon of projects to a SCORS A rating.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Muiris Moynihan
Price ‐ £0

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