UK Building Services Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

The crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission, design and maintain buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

The research, expertise and design solutions exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create building services engineering outcomes that have more positive impact on the world around us.

We will seek to:

We hope that every building services engineering practice operating in the UK will join us in making this commitment.

To sign, practices must provide the email address for their CEO, Chairperson or appropriate Board Member. Approval will be sought via this email before the company name is added to the declaration.

Note – this is a member-led declaration independent from CIBSE. For information related to CIBSE activities and opportunities for member engagement on climate change, see the CIBSE web site www.cibse.org.

In addition, there are two related UK engineering declarations on line. Please visit www.structuralengineersdeclare.com and www.civilengineersdeclare.com.

You can also visit www.constructiondeclares.com to learn how to set up a declaration in another country or sector.

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AECOM Apex Acoustics Ltd Arup Atelier Ten Atkins Atmos Lab BDP BSE3D Build Test Solutions BuroHappold Engineering CAD21 Chartwell Energy Solutions Ltd. Cion Solutions Ltd Cundall Drees & Sommer UK Ltd Elementa Consulting Etude Foster + Partners Greengauge Building Energy Consultants Hilson Moran Hive Design Partnership Hoare Lea Humblebee Hydrock InTandem Systems Ltd Integration Julie Godefroy Sustainability Max Fordham LLP Mott MacDonald QCIC Group Ritchie+Daffin Scotch Partners Services Design Solution Ltd Skelly and Couch SOAP Retrofit Ltd Steensen Varming Sustainable Acoustics TGA Consulting Engineers LLP Thornley & Lumb Partnership Ltd Troup, Bywaters + Anders University - Leeds, School of Civil Engineering Warm: Low Energy Building Practice WSP XCO2
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