The Institution of Structural Engineers, SUSTAINABILITY Conference 2017 | Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation


The Sustainability Conference 2017 of the Institution of Structural Engineers, titled ‘Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation’, will take place in London (47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS) on 13 July 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00.


Sponsored by Kingspan, the event will explore the role of the structural engineer in adapting to and mitigating the effects of global warming and climate change.


It will focus on a number of key questions, including:

  • What is the future for the built environment industry in the context of climate change?
  • What are the challenges that structural engineers will face and what are the solutions?
  • How to achieve a balance between carbon ‘neutral’ building and the rising need for development?
  • How can structural engineers help the industry meet 2020 climate and energy targets?


The programme comprises:

  • Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chair, Faith Wainwright MBE (Senior Vice-President and Director at Arup)
  • Two keynote speeches
  • Six sessions, which include four case studies
  • An open forum | Is the industry ready for the future? What do we need to do prepare?
  • Closing remarks by Conference Chair


Keynote speeches:

  • Keith Clarke CBE (Chair of the Forum for the Future) | We have the science, what about engineering?
  • Bill Gething (Professor of Architecture at University of the West of England UWE Bristol): Climate Science for the Built Environment: what this means for the structural engineering sector



  • Session 1: Jonathon Hines (Managing Director at Architype) and Chris Pembridge (Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

PassivHaus Design – Case Study on PassivHaus Schools project: implications for structural engineers

  • Session 2: Dr Flavie Lowres (Associate Director at Building Research Establishment BRE)

Case Study 1: Embodied carbon measurement: what about it?

  • Session 3: Amie Shuttleworth (Global Head of Sustainability at Cundall)

Circular economy and the role of structural engineers

  • Session 4: Tim Snelson (Associate Director at ARUP)

Case study 2: Believe in Better building at Sky Campus, Hounslow

  • Session 5: Angela Bejarano (BArch, MSc, LEED AP, eTool facilitator and Architectural Designer at Mountford Pigott LLP)

Case study 3: How eTool can be used by structural engineers to review embodied carbon and life cycle impacts at different design stages.

  • Session 6: Kirsten Henson (Director of KLH Sustainability Ltd)

Balancing Lifecycle Carbon: East Wick and Sweetwater Case Study


Note: This post is based on the content of the conference web page (see below for the link). The graphic of this post is also created using logos and graphics from the conference page.




Conference webpage


The Institution of Structural Engineers | Sustainability


Kingspan | Sustainability


Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons


Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought


Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature


CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore


Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement


Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples


New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment


Facilitation of Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research


Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability (under construction)


Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING


Sustainability Storytelling website |


Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)


Sustainability Communication website |


Press Articles based on:


From The Sustainable University News website


Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?


Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation


Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015


Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London


From The Sustainable University Library


What is a system? From flu via oil to recession…


LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective


UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment


STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals)


Nottingham’s Energy Technology Building | Building the way for a low carbon economy


STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom?


Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living


Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment


Business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say


Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions




The Sustainable University (SU) One-stop Shop |


Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries

The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model

LinkedIn Group | SUSTAINABILITY | Education, Research & Engagement

Twitter @SustainableUni1 | #SustyEngWAVE #SustySTORY #SustyCOMM #SUpoetry #SUquotes #SUnews #SUSmodel