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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.
Entry criteria have been revised in the light of the climate emergency, asking every submission to clearly demonstrate its sustainability credentials.
Prof. Don McQuillan FIStructE, the 100th President of the Institution, lays out the challenges facing the profession in his talk ‘2020 vision: “for an understanding of the future, look to the past”’
It is simply not possible to build in the future the way we do today if we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow the depletion of natural resources and minimise waste production. These challenges can only be addressed if engineers and architects actively include them at the source of their designs.
Structural designers’ efforts to reduce environmental impacts traditionally consist of developing systems that minimise material quantities or use low-impact materials. A third strategy is currently (re)emerging: the reuse of structural components over multiple service lives and in new layouts.
This paper explores issues around the ambitions for use of off-site methods, identifies some lessons from previous projects, and suggests ways to accelerate the adoption of manufacturing-led methods, including professional services delivery, education and skills.
As the climate changes there will be ever-increasing social and economic pressure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, with focus turning to the embodied carbon in products which has thus far been eclipsed by operational values.
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.