2nd May 2023
At Green Structural Engineering, we believe that we all have a role to play in addressing the climate emergency. That’s why we’re committed to doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint and help build a more sustainable future.
We are proud to announce that we have joined the SME Climate Hub and pledged to halve our emissions before 2030 and reach net-zero emissions before 2050. This is an ambitious goal, but we are determined to make it happen.
We understand that structural engineering has a significant impact on the environment, and we are dedicated to finding innovative solutions that minimise our carbon footprint while still delivering the best possible results for our clients. We are committed to investing in sustainable materials, energy-efficient design, and green technologies that reduce emissions and enhance the resilience of our built environment.
We believe that our commitment to climate action is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business, good for our clients, and good for the planet. Join us on our journey towards a more sustainable future!
Within the construction industry, one thing that is more prevalent most recently is lowering carbon emissions, specifically embodied carbon.
Embodied carbon is all the carbon dioxide created in the process of building structures. From the extracting and manufacturing of materials to the construction and maintenance of the building, carbon is being emitted in every step of the journey.
Now, why is it so important?
As carbon is emitted, it warms up the earth’s atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse gas effect. If we can lessen the amount of output then there’s less to contribute, therefore keeping our planet cooler.
In order to lessen the amount of output, we need to look at what’s happening in the first place to cause it. When various case studies have been done previously, it’s been found that instead of demolishing a building and starting from scratch, that it could be quite simple to just change the interior. If we’re just changing the interior, we won’t need to extract or manufacture any new materials to build the structure or transport them to site, and in doing so, we won’t be releasing the carbon that we usually would doing these processes.
What GSE are doing to help
Here are some ways that our structural engineers can help reduce embodied carbon:
- Material selection: GSE can recommend the use of low-carbon materials, such as timber, bamboo, and recycled steel, that have a lower embodied carbon footprint compared to traditional materials like concrete and steel. Additionally, they can recommend the use of locally sourced materials to reduce transportation emissions
- Efficient design: Efficient design can minimise the amount of materials needed for a structure, thus reducing embodied carbon. Our engineers can use advanced modeling and simulation techniques to optimise the design and identify areas where materials can be reduced without compromising structural integrity.
- Reuse: We can recommend the reuse of existing structures and materials. This can significantly reduce the embodied carbon of a building project by reducing the need for new materials.
- Life cycle assessment: GSE engineers can conduct a life cycle assessment of a building project to assess the total embodied carbon emissions of the building, including materials, construction, maintenance, and end-of-life. This assessment can help identify areas for improvement and guide design decisions that reduce embodied carbon.
With several projects, GSE have proposed renovation instead of rebuilding. The four listed below are just a few that GSE have taken on in the previous years.
Green Structural Engineering were appointed by London Green Ltd to undertake the structural design for the conversion of an existing office block into 106 residential units.
The project involves substantial changes to the current façade of the building, and we are excited to work on such a transformative project. The existing 6-storey office block will be renovated and altered, with the addition of an extra storey on top to provide further space for accommodation.
Our team is working closely with the architects and developers to ensure that the design is not only structurally sound but also meets the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. We are employing the latest technologies and materials to minimize the carbon footprint of the building, while still delivering a high-quality living space for the residents.
We are proud to be a part of such an important project, which will not only transform the existing building but also contribute to the wider regeneration of the area. We remain committed to delivering innovative and sustainable structural engineering solutions that help build a better future for all.
Dolphin Bridge House
GSE was selected by Titan Developments as the trusted partner for the structural design and below ground drainage of their prestigious project.
This exciting endeavor involves the transformation of an existing office block into 41 modern and comfortable residential units. The building itself boasts a robust 4-storey reinforced concrete frame, with additional rooftop offices and a plant room that reflect traditional construction methods.
As part of our comprehensive approach, we are also undertaking the complex task of converting the top floor plant area into beautifully designed residential accommodation, ensuring a seamless integration of functionality and aesthetics throughout the entire project.
Situated in the vibrant town of Staines, Middlesex, Heliting House stands as a distinguished five-storey steel-framed office block, boasting an impressive architectural presence. With a vision to breathe new life into this remarkable structure, Titan Property Developments Ltd has acquired the building, embarking on an ambitious conversion project that will see it transformed into 53 thoughtfully designed residential units.
As part of this exciting endeavor, GSE has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing comprehensive structural engineering services and expertise in below ground drainage.
Our team of skilled professionals will collaborate closely with the developers to bring their vision to life, ensuring that the structural integrity of the building is upheld while seamlessly integrating the necessary modifications for a seamless residential conversion. This includes the innovative concept of filling in the 1st-floor atrium and incorporating two secondary staircases to maximize the available floor area, as well as utilizing the internal roof plant space to create a captivating upper level of 15 duplex apartments. Each of these luxurious apartments will be interconnected by an internal staircase, offering residents an unparalleled living experience.
With our unwavering commitment to delivering excellence, GSE is dedicated to providing innovative structural engineering solutions that will breathe new life into Heliting House, transforming it into a sought-after residential landmark in the heart of Staines.
Titan Property Developers Ltd
GSE was the appointed firm by Titan Property Developments to spearhead an ambitious project encompassing the conversion of a 4-storey office block from the dynamic era of the 1970s.
With an unwavering commitment to excellence, GSE undertakes the transformative task of turning this architectural gem into 32 contemporary and luxurious flats, poised to redefine modern living. Taking into account the diverse needs of future residents, the project harmoniously blends functionality and aesthetics, creating a living environment that is both stylish and practical. Moreover, recognising the significance of convenience and accessibility, the design includes thoughtfully planned ground-level parking facilities at the rear of the building, ensuring ease of mobility and enhanced resident experience.
Through their expertise and unwavering dedication, GSE is poised to deliver a truly remarkable conversion that seamlessly merges the past with the present, setting new standards of excellence in architectural transformation.
Titan Property Developments Ltd