Our vision for net zero
We want our engineering to leave the world a better place by reducing environmental impact, sharing our expertise in low carbon design and encouraging an awareness of environmental responsibilities. Our 20 years’ experience in sustainable design means we can help our clients meet their responsibilities and aspirations regarding the environment by delivering high quality, long lived and efficiently operated buildings with reduced embodied carbon.
We were early signatories to the Engineers Declare movement and we are pledging to deliver on the principles it promotes.
Two of the Engineers Declare concepts are: the adoption of design principles and practices which work toward net zero emissions and a collaborative approach to help raise awareness, share knowledge and advocate for change. Integral has and will endeavour to reduce carbon emissions through our design work and how we operate as a practice to target the goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Sustainable design is at the forefront of our approach and we are enhancing our knowledge and improving our resources to facilitate lower carbon design. We will reuse existing fabric where we can, design efficiently, and use low carbon materials such as timber in place of higher carbon materials such as concrete and steel. We have upgraded and improved our methodology to calculate and monitor embodied carbon specified in our structural solutions to ensure we remain on track. We are undertaking this across our projects so our clients can understand the embodied carbon in proposed solutions and make informed decisions.
Reusing a building is not ‘second best’. We are supporting the AJ’s campaign to champion retrofit, using our expertise in the refurbishment of existing buildings and our conservation engineers who regularly work with listed buildings to preserve, sustain and secure their future use.
We have been involved in a number of research projects as an Industry Partner looking at sustainable materials. You can read more on this here.