HTS are keenly aware of the impact of their working lives upon the environment, whether on a day-to-day level where over a third of staff travel to and from work by bicycle, or in relation to the significant construction works specified by us.
Notably, 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. We therefore incorporate a number of measures which allow us to ensure embodied carbon is minimised, without adversely affecting the architectural design and commercial viability of the proposals.
For example, HTS have particularly strong experience re-using existing buildings, and through rigorous research, investigation and assessment we are able to minimise the extent of proposed structural intervention, providing both commercial and environmental advantages over reconstruction.
Also, with all schemes drawn in 3D using Revit we have real-time access to structural material quantities, such that by then applying established parameters we are able to approximate the carbon cost of multiple structural solutions, and compare the relative environmental impact of a range of proposals.