While there has been some excellent progress across the industry even over the past 12 months, there is still a lot of work to do if we’re to achieve net zero by 2050. To deliver sustainable buildings, carbon measurement should be brought to the forefront of the agenda with planning authorities and made a key driver of the project brief. We need to review the classic building model of plan, build, let and sell which has little incentive for a developer to build-in future flexibility. A truly sustainable approach needs to have a commercial value to support the ethical standpoint many responsible developers want to adopt. A lifelong carbon tax with penalties for polluting processes, carbon heavy materials and additional work to the building such as strip out, plant replacement, demolition and fit-out could help to integrate sustainable principles into projects before the team put pen to paper. The solution to climate change has to be a sustainable mindset with a shared ambition; it starts with engineering and everything else must follow through.
About Heyne Tillett Steel
Heyne Tillett Steel is a structural and civil engineering practice with a reputation for delivering intelligent low carbon solutions on complex, urban sites.
Established in 2007 by Founding Directors Andy Heyne, Mark Tillett and Tom Steel, the practice’s work spans all major building types, materials and methods of construction, however what makes Heyne Tillett Steel different is our ability to uncover the full potential of structures and spaces. An enquiring approach to engineering challenges, allows us to always look for innovative solutions that maximise a project’s potential. And because we love what we do, we want to be involved in every phase of a build - from demolition and temporary works through phased construction and detailed fabrication. By being involved from the outset, we can make things happen, carefully sequencing and illustrating each stage of work to create efficiencies in time, cost, programme and carbon.
As engineers, it is our responsibility to reduce the amount of carbon we use in our design – from the materials we specify and construction methods we recommend, to how we design for the future, optioneering to find the most sustainable solution and collaborating to embed sustainability into a project from concept through to completion. For us, it is a mindset, not a tick box exercise.