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The Climate Emergency Task Group help the profession to tackle climate breakdown. Their 2020 report reviews the group’s activities through the year.
Will Arnold describes the role structural engineers can play in tackling climate change, by making informed design decisions and influencing other members of the project team.
Mike Cook and Will Arnold outline the Institution’s approach to providing guidance on the climate emergency, discussing six key areas this guidance will fall into.
This foreword briefly summarises the commitments that engineers have made in declaring a climate emergency and considers first steps to build action plans that will support these commitments.
An introduction to the goals and how structural engineers can use them to tackle the climate crisis and create a better world.
Mike Cook summarises the outcomes of the IABSE British Group’s annual debating forum, setting out key actions that stakeholders in the construction industry can take to enable a transition to net zero.
An essential set of embodied carbon calculation principles for structural engineers looking to change the way they practice, in order to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
Use this tool to help you quickly estimate the embodied carbon in your structures.
Will Arnold, Mike Cook, Duncan Cox, Orlando Gibbons and John Orr present SCORS – a proposed carbon rating scheme for structures – and encourage engineers to adopt carbon targets for their projects.
Will Hawkins discusses carbon sequestration and end-of-life processes in timber structures, and the implications for sustainable decision-making in structural design.
Walter Swann explains how structural engineers can support a transition to a low-carbon steel industry through their design and specifying decisions.
Paul Astle explores potential ways in which engineers can seek reductions in the embodied carbon of structural concrete.
Natasha Watson explains how structural engineers can produce designs that make efficient use of material to reduce their environmental impact.
Ian Poole explores ways to improve the utilisation ratio of designs, and encourages engineers to challenge assumptions that favour rationalisation over optimisation.
The IStructE Safety, Health and Wellbeing Panel considers the safety implications when aspiring to a lean design.
A study shared by BuroHappold to share knowledge that may help address the climate emergency.
Luke Bisby urges structural engineers to improve their understanding of ‘fire resistance’ as the profession looks to innovate rapidly in response to climate change.
The article showcases the University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre project, a low-carbon, sustainable building which achieves both Passivhaus standard and BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Stephen Fernandez discusses ways in which engineers can explore the potential to refurbish existing buildings instead of demolishing and building anew.
Michal Drewniok discusses the principles of reusing steel elements and encourages structural engineers to consider this option over designing with new material.
Fiona Cobb presents a brief guide to the key desk research required to understand the types of construction, likely structural capacities and latent defects of an existing building.
Henry Tayler takes readers through the key considerations for reusing foundations, including potential benefits, risks and investigations required.
This article describes the structural reuse and strengthening strategies adopted to enable three additional storeys to be added to an existing office building in London.
Jenny Pattison discusses the typical considerations that structural engineers face when seeking to add floors to an existing building, and the sustainability outcomes of potential solutions.
Tim Chapman and Ian Firth highlight the carbon differences between civil structures and buildings projects, and propose that engineers work with their clients to target low-carbon outcomes, rather than just low-carbon structures.
How can structural engineers influence decision making?
Can very low-carbon buildings be constructed cheaply enough to suit the pockets of private-sector commercial developers? Yes, says Professor John French, who has set himself that target in his new role as director of sustainability for Cambridge Innovation Parks. But to do so involves overhauling approaches to procurement, contracting, materials and risk.
William Algaard presents ways in which structural engineers can help shape the direction of a project by confidently and constructively sharing their expertise in a language that client and architect will understand.
Will Hawkins, Angus Peters and Tim Mander argue for designers to challenge overspecification and grasp the opportunity that reduced floor loads offer for low-carbon structural design.
Hear from the engineer behind the Structural Award-winning Newquay Harper Footbridge project - and get into the mindset of only doing what is necessary.
Pete Winslow, Mike Sefton and Will Arnold set out a vision for a net-zero structural engineering sector and the R&D that we as a profession need to tackle to get there.
Discover Institution activity near you, including site visits, technical lectures, networking events and awards.
Architect Sam Turner and structural engineer James Norman encourage professional activism to tackle the climate emergency.
In this blog Mike Sefton considers how attitudes and responses to climate change have evolved over the last 25 years. He encourages us all to take collective responsibility for tackling the climate emergency.
In this piece, Pooja Shah shares her thoughts on how young engineers can respond to the climate emergency. Pooja is an Engineer at RDG Engineering and Chair of the IStructE Young Member’s Group.
Tackle the climate crisis by discussing issues and ideas with like-minded members