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

Featured videos

Minimising energy in construction

A discussion of culture and practice in design relating to material efficiency.

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A targeted approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

How structural engineers can use the goals to tackle climate change and create a better world.

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Climate emergency resources

Case Study
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Embodied carbon: structural sensitivity study

A study shared by BuroHappold to share knowledge that may help address the climate emergency.

Date - 2 April 2020
Author - Jonathan Roynon, BuroHappold
Price - Free
View of a complex road junction from above

Should Covid-19 change society's direction of travel?

What we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? Kate Leighton gives an opinion from a UK perspective.

Date - 30 March 2020
Author - Kate Leighton FIStructE
A bridge over a dry river bed

6 climate emergency actions for structural engineers

Mike Cook FIStructE describes six actions structural engineers should take now to address climate change.

Date - 27 March 2020
Author - Mike Cook FIStructE
<h4>IStructE joins 27 other professional bodies in pledge to tackle climate change</h4>

IStructE joins 27 other professional bodies in pledge to tackle climate change

IStructE joins 27 other professional bodies in pledge to tackle climate change

Date - 6 March 2020
Mike Cook FIStructE

Dr Mike Cook named 2020 Gold Medallist

The award recognises Mike's infectious enthusiasm and curiosity for structural engineering and his passion and leadership in responding to the challenges of climate change.

Date - 24 February 2020
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The Structural Awards open to entries, with new emphasis on sustainable practice

Entry criteria have been revised in the light of the climate emergency, asking every submission to clearly demonstrate its sustainability credentials.

Date - 22 January 2020
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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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