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. The Panel works with the Climate Emergency Task Group to support the Institution's sustainability agenda, through the development of tools and guidance on relevant topics. Topics may include:

  • Reducing embodied carbon
  • Use of materials in a sustainable context
  • Reuse and repurposing of structures
  • Sustainability case studies
 
Panel structure:

The constitution of the Panel aims to reflect the diversity of the Institution's membership and to provide different perspectives.

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Up to 24 other members (including members of various grades and based in different locations)

 

Get involved:

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

Members of the Panel are expected to fully participate in supporting and driving the Panel's activities forward.

There are many ways that you can contribute to the activities of the group, and you will be expected to do some work outside the meetings, for example drafting or reviewing guidance and keeping up to date on the latest developments around the topic of sustainability.

All meetings are held on-line.

Contact the Panel if you have questions about their work.

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Featured resources and events

Training
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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
Blog
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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
Report
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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
Blog
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COP26 and structural engineering

Date ‐ 15 November 2021
Author ‐ Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action, IStructE
Training
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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
Guidance
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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
Training
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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

Course
Historic timber structures

Historic timber structures: assessment and reuse

This one-day online course introduces timber as an engineering material, with a focus on its use in historic structures. It covers non-destructive techniques for condition assessment and strategies for the reuse of heritage structures.

Date ‐ 16 November 2023
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers HQ
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Net-zero structural design

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

Date ‐ 9 November 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £745 + VAT
Course
<h4>Structural engineering for non-structural engineers</h4>

Structural engineering for non-structural engineers

This one-day, online course is designed to offer an understanding of structural engineering in relation to buildings to construction industry professionals.

Date ‐ 20 September 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Net-zero structural design

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

Date ‐ 7 September 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £745 + VAT
Course
<h4>Timber workshop: design through worked examples</h4>

Timber workshop: design through worked examples

This one-day, online advanced practical workshop will teach complex timber engineering through worked examples. It encourages problem-solving through teaching tools and group discussion.

Date ‐ 12 July 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 5: the essentials of timber design

This one-day, online course offers an introduction to timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date ‐ 11 July 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 5: connections and advanced topics in timber design

This one-day, online, practical course introduces timber connections in detail and several other advanced topics in timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date ‐ 16 June 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 5: the essentials of timber design

This one-day, online course offers an introduction to timber design to Eurocode 5.

Date ‐ 15 June 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 3: structural steelwork design

This one-day, online course examines changes between BS 5950 and Eurocode 3. The emphasis is on buildings and the provision of general rules for buildings of EN 1993-1-1 and design of joints to EN 1993-1-8.

Date ‐ 23 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT

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