Don’t Demolish; Rebuild
As the proportion of embodied energy relative to operational energy increases within building projects, so does our influence and responsibility as structural engineers to affect this balance. Refurbishments are often a more cost-effective, more carbon efficient and socially accepted solution than demolition.
For refurbishment and retrofit to become the default solution going forward, let’s get structural engineers and architects on board projects at an early stage.
Lower cement content
It is industry standard to specify cement replacement materials to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete. At Symmetrys, however, we go further by reducing the overall volume of cement on a project through providing alternative ground solutions such as reusing existing foundations, implementing screw piles or proving that shallow foundations are a viable alternative to piles.
This is all in addition to pushing the industry standards for reduced carbon concretes as standard in all our specifications.
At Symmetrys we consider the carbon cost of a variety of structural solutions, allowing our clients to make an informed environmental choice on what’s available, such as CLT or modular construction options. We have great relationships with frame manufacturers, and can advise clients on a system that not only adds value to the development, but also ensures its delivery in a more sustainable way.