1 June 2019
Value of structural engineering to sustainable construction
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The Institution commissioned research examining how structural impacts are addressed, how structural engineers can contribute to assessments through sustainable construction and whether the correct incentives are provided to make building structure more sustainable.
There are a number of common topics used in rating schemes for the sustainability assessment of structures, including:
Structural engineers can play an active role delivering a sustainable building by supporting architectural, acoustic, thermal, lighting and construction performance.
Achieving a sustainable building requires a coordinated team, with early input from all parties. It is estimated that, in an active supporting role, the indirect influence of the structural engineer could support up to 50% of the green building rating score.
Rating schemes are a common client requirement and the Institution published research into their effectiveness in 2012.
The World Green Building Council provides overview, links and information about most green building rating schemes in the world.
Outlining the complex carbon costs of infrastructure schemes.
How the choice of materials should be balanced with other factors to achieve sustainable outcomes.
Thermal mass is a term that describes the ability of a material to store heat. To be useful in the built environment they must also be able to absorb and release heat - at a rate roughly in step with a building’s daily heating and cooling cycle.