Design2e the structural design and civil engineering consultancy has released a checklist of all of the different environmental consideration that are needed when designing a new building. The checklist has been released in order to support the construction industry and allow them to meet the environmental regulations that are in place.
Looking to the environmental factors of a project should be the first thing to happen when structural design and civil engineering teams look into planning a structural project. The new building being designed needs to meet the strict regulations that are in place to protect the environment as well as reducing any potential flood risk and making sure that the area surrounding the development is kept clean.
All construction projects taking place in the UK must go through an Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA. This assessment makes sure that the project will only go ahead if it meets the standards laid out to protect the planned building itself as well as the environment. The guide that has been created by Design2e is an information tool for structural and civil engineers, helping them to consider the assessment requirements as a part of their design from the inception of a project.
Identifying and overcoming any environmental challenges during the design stage will mean that problems are avoided further down the line, during construction or after. If the problems arise at a later stage there could be a knock on effect on planning permission applications, which will increase the time it takes to complete the project and therefore increase the cost. The works case scenario of an environmental problem being raised later in a development is prosecution.
Design2e hopes to encourage all civil and structural engineers to design their projects with sustainability in mind. The checklist that has been created by the consultancy company is available online and can be accessed through any form of smart device as well as being available for printing for use in design meetings in order to make sure that the environmental factors are always a vital consideration throughout the design and construction process.
The structural and civil engineering company also offer a range of services that aims to make sure that construction projects being carried out across the UK are cost-efficient and long-lasting. The company offers their clients a range of bespoke environmental services that can be used to protect and improve projects in order to boost the creation of a more sustainable environment.