Author: Grace Di Benedetto
1 June 2021
Grace Di Benedetto
The definition of 'net zero' was amended in this article following printing of the issue to align with the Institution's Design for Zero guide. The definition in the online article therefore differs from that in the printed issue.
This article discusses the analysis and modification of existing structures for new uses, allowing return on investment to be maximised and reducing the need for present-day carbon emissions from new construction.
The article explores ways to justify reuse of existing structures through a thorough understanding of the original building structure, and engineer’s intent.
MIT professor Caitlin Mueller gave the keynote presentation at the IStructE Digital Design and Computation conference in May 2021. Here, she tells Jackie Whitelaw how computer tools she’s developing will help structural engineers design for zero carbon