Engineers encouraged to have more imput on sustainable buildings

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The CIBSE has released its updated guide on sustainability, empowering engineers to influence the work done and decisions made on building projects, to lead to more sustainable outcomes

With increasingly challenging worldwide targets for reaching net-zero, sustainability and building performance need to be embedded in every building project.

The updated ‘Guide L: Sustainability‘ outlines the principles of sustainability for engineers, wherever they practice and wherever projects and designs are undertaken.

Recognising the huge influence engineers have over the energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, health and wellbeing, water use and other sustainability outcomes of buildings and the wider projects in which they sit, the guide provides building services engineers with guidance on how to respond to the changing sustainability agenda.

This new guide the actions that building services engineers should take to enable their projects to deliver sustainable results, giving clear focus on the areas of work where engineers have the greatest control and influence.

The guide acknowledges the challenges ahead and the changes across society which will be needed to make real, measurable results, whilst setting out best practice for what can be achieved now.

Actions as an engineer are pivotal

In the foreword, Susan Hone-Brookes, CIBSE vice-president emphasises the importance of the guide in embedding sustainability into all aspects of the work engineers do.

She calls on engineers to be informed committed, bold and creative in their work and urges them to remember: “Your actions as an engineer are pivotal to the successful management of our home planet ecosystem, the safeguarding of all species and the security and prosperity of our future generations.”

David Cheshire, AECOM regional director, co-author and chair of the Guide L steering committee, said: “Having been involved in both the original and the new guide, it was inspiring to see how much has changed over the last 13 years and how engineers have used the increased awareness of the climate crisis to challenge and influence projects.

“This new edition calls for engineers to use systems thinking, building physics and even ecosystems services to create a zero-carbon, circular and sustainable future.”

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