On the 25th of July 2019, David Balmforth, Chair of the ICE Sustainability Route Map Steering Group released the Civil Engineers Declaration to the wider community.
The declaration recognises that engineers have a pivotal role in driving the net-zero target set by the UK government; and calls on them to commit to achieving it.
Qflow has committed to this; and here is a brief summary of each of the pledge areas that Qflow can support your construction projects in working towards achieving the net zero gold standard!
We will strive to:
Continue to raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action among our clients, collaborators and supply chains.
Qflow captures hard evidence on the impact of construction projects on the built environment, from material consumption to noise generation. This ‘single source of truth’ is a powerful tool for having open and honest conversations with clients and supply chain about the changes that have to happen in order to achieve our contractual and legal commitments.
Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher governmental funding priority to support this.
By capturing information on both the impact of construction but also the activities that cause this, Qflow supports companies in identifying opportunities through improved design and processes that can eliminate the negatives and enhance the positives. For example at Qflow we are working with a series of small asset upgrade sites. By capturing the accurate waste levels and estimating the carbon embodied in this, we are able to support our client in improving future designs to reduce this waste, and communicate the importance of this to the funding body.
Apply, and further develop, climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as key measures of our industry’s success, demonstrated through rating systems, awards, prizes and listings.
Every aspect of Qflow is designed to support organisations in measuring impact and using that information to design better. We will be supporting our clients in applying for awards that exhibit this, so watch this space!
Extend the sharing of knowledge and research to these ends on an open source basis.
We do not believe that learning should be kept to the select few, and with every new construction site we launch on, we learn something new and exciting. We share this learning with our new and existing customers from our own experience, and through posts like this one, conferences and webinars. If you want to find out more about what Qflow has learned so far, and you want to keep up dated, then follow us on LinkedIn!
Evaluate all new projects against the need to contribute positively to society and enhanced well-being, while simultaneously averting climate breakdown — and encourage our clients to adopt this approach — using the holistic approach of PAS2080 to reinforce sound decision-making.
Apply a common cross-sector sustainability rating scheme, adopting the principles of CEEQUAL to all new projects whether or not they are formally assessed.
Qflow’s system can help you monitor the impact and contribute to the evidence required to achieve sustainability certifications such as LEED or BREEAM and follow PAS2080.
Extend, now, the consideration of whole-life carbon targets for all long-duration projects taking into account wider social, economic and environmental effects, to ensure delivery of the longer-term goals of this declaration.
Although we don’t do whole life cycle carbon just yet, we can help you measure the impact of the most tricky phase: construction.
Increase current levels of collaboration between clients, engineers, contractors and other professionals involved in the design and provision of complete infrastructure systems to further reduce waste during construction and operation of the assets.
Collaboration relies on honest, open communication about what does and doesn’t work. This is a much easier conversation to have when you have all the facts and can support each other in leveraging the opportunities for improvement. Qflow gives you those facts.
Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
Why don’t we do this now? Well the conversation around cost/benefit is a hard one! By measuring the materials on site and calculating the carbon associated with each one, Qflow will help clients identify the highest impact areas; the key material that if replaced for a low carbon alternative, could have the greatest impact on the project, and therefore supports that cost/benefit conversation.
Minimise wasteful use of resources in our civil engineering design, both in quantum and in detail.
I was shocked to hear the statistic that 13% of all material delivered to construction sites goes straight to waste (without even being used)…. You can’t manage what you can’t measure! Qflow enables companies to accurately track all materials coming on, and waste going off site in order to tackle this problem!
I hope this has been a useful overview of each of the pledge areas and how Qflow could help your projects achieve this commitment!
And with that, I leave you with this quote:
“There are no constraints on the human mind… no barriers to progress except those we ourselves erect.” – Ronald Reagan
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