Amongst the many eccentricities that friends, and those unfortunate enough to know me, are sick of hearing about; I swim in the pond in Hampstead... throughout the year with my dear friend “Bones”. After sitting in the Holly Bush one evening, putting the world to right we decided to embark on what would become a big part of our lives; our “seventh degree of freedom” (see previous post). Walking across the Heath at dawn, looking out over London, there’s a haze over the city as it takes its first puff on the morning cigarette. I ask Bones “what do you feel when you see a skyline scattered with tower cranes”; the response, one of optimism, the prospect of a city developing and booming, a city raising its ceiling and reaching new levels. However in times of global warming issues and awareness of the consequences of heavy industry it is also time for concern and a change in our ways.
As a structural engineer, if I design 5,000 metres squared of floor per year, I am responsible for 1,000 tons of CO2 per year.
To put this into perspective:
A flight to New York – 1 tonne of CO2
Running a family car for a year – 3 tonnes of CO2
A new skyscraper – 30,000 tonnes of CO2
(The Institution of Structural Engineers (2019) A targeted approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[Video] available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vOWpAuszg)
Here at Price & Myers we have signed the “UK Structural Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency” – we are pledging, amongst other things, to raise awareness of the opportunities available to improve design accuracy and advise our clients about the alternative feasible options to reduce the carbon footprint of proposed developments.
We have an opportunity. We have a responsibility.
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