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Climate change


Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. Structural engineers have a responsibility to demonstrate leadership and influence change within the built environment.

With national and international pressure mounting, such as the UK Government pledge to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, structural engineers are taking on the challenge. To assist our members and the wider industry the Institution produces guidance to support built environment professionals.
 
The Institution is supporting the initiative being taken by a number of leading engineering practices, a “Structural Engineers Declaration” to promote sustainable working practices to tackle the issue of climate change.

Sustainability briefing notes

Climate change resources

EEFIT Mission Report: Central Sulawesi, Indonesia earthquake September 2018

EEFIT Mission Report: Central Sulawesi, Indonesia earthquake September 2018

This EEFIT Field Mission report details the effects of the 7.5 Mw earthquake which struck Sulawesi Island on 28 September 2018.

Date - 28 November 2019
Price - Free
DECARBONATE - why we must change

DECARBONATE - why we must change

Mike Cook FIStructE explains how and why structural engineering firms are addressing the climate emergency.

Date - 12 November 2019
Author - Mike Cook
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Structural engineering industry commits to change

Signatories to the Structural Engineers Declare climate emergency initiative convened at IStructE headquarters on 17 October to discuss the next steps the profession must take to address the emergency.

Date - 12 November 2019
Author - IStructE
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Structural Engineers Declare: what it means for IStructE

Ed Clark and Chris Pembridge discuss how Structrual Engineers Declare will affect IStructE's Structural Futures Committee, Sustainability Panel, and other working groups.

Date - 8 November 2019
Author - Ed Clark and Chris Pembridge
Price - Free
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Structural Engineers Declare: what it means for education and research

Tim Ibell discusses what universities should be doing in response to the declaration.

Date - 8 November 2019
Author - Tim Ibell
Price - Free
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Structural Engineers Declare: what this means for structural engineers

Chris Wise discusses individual responsibility and how engineers can attempt to affect climate change.

Date - 8 November 2019
Author - Chris Wise
Price - Free
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Essential Knowledge Text No.8 New structural materials

This text presents a range of emerging materials, both natural and man-made which, in the right circumstances, can offer significant advantages over traditional materials.

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