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ZERO – Lecture 7 | Structural solutions, embodied energy

25 Nov 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST

Free – $10

The WA Chapter is thrilled to deliver the ZERO Carbon Design Series, running as face to face events at the WA Chapter from August – November 2020. 
*The series will be available to be streamed online via the Institute’s CPD Platform FREE for 6months thereafter.

The ZERO Carbon Design series has been developed by Ross Donaldson to help accelerate the capacity for meeting the enormous challenges brought about by climate change. To meet the critical challenge for a zero carbon economy, it is increasingly accepted that the target for a zero carbon construction industry must be 2030. Given a great number of buildings can take upward of five years from inception to completion, this means we must all be ready to designing to zero carbon parameters by 2025.

This is going to take an unprecedented re-engineering of our profession.

The seven lecture seminar series is intended to provide practical guidelines and case study insights which will enable practitioners to start the journey now. Some of you are of course already on the journey. The course is presented primarily by engineers and designed to be helpful for small and large practices.

We hope you will make the most of it by participating in all sessions. Each seminar will bring one CPD point for registered architects.


Members: FREE
Non-members: $10

structural solutions, embodied energy

  • Quantifying the embodied energy within the structure
  • Comparing it for alternative materials, steel, concrete and timber
  • Comparison with refurbished buildings
  • Comparison with operational energy
  • The impact of the highly connected value chain on the reduction of embodied and operational carbon
  • The UN’s Sustainability Development Goals
  • Positive impacts of re-use or recycling on demolition
  • Comparing structure with the remainder of the construction and running/maintenance costs/carbon.


Tim Elgood, Arup Principal and Building Group Leader

Tim is a mechanical engineer by background but has always had a healthy interest in ecology, the environment and architecture. Some might describe him as a trail blazer in challenging the conventional wisdom of engineering, but he describes himself as engineer who thinks designing sustainable systems is intuitive. He also has a rare skill of presenting complicated engineering systems in a simple sketched up way so everyone can understand.

Tim has worked on projects like Federation Square which has the world’s largest underground labyrinth thermal storage system, 1 Bligh Streets with the first twin façade system in Australia and he has been working for the last ten years as the Expert Sustainability Certifier for the Barangaroo development which is one of Australia’s first precincts to achieve a carbon neutral certification.

Tim’s understands the relationship between embodied and operational carbon and the issues in terms of cost, availability and construction over the life of the project.

Grace Hahnel- Emerging sustainable structural engineer

Grace studied at Curtin University graduating in June 2020. She has always been passionate about sustainable living and making a difference in the work that we do. Grace pursued this passion in her final year thesis by researching and exploring sustainable design in WA and how structural engineers can influence environmental impact of buildings. This journal article is now in the process of being published in the Journal of Building Engineering.

Grace’s vision is to increase awareness of sustainability in the structural engineering industry – the more we know the better influence we can have. Tim would describe Grace as an emerging structural engineer that starts the design process with embodied carbon.


Ross Donaldson was CEO and Chairman of Woods Bagot from 2006-2016, leading the practice to its dramatic growth internationally to become the world’s 6th largest practice in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th “Most Admired” firm (WA100), judged by its international peers.

He is a champion of the imperative for sustainable development and has presented numerous lectures internationally on sustainable models for cities and their liveability. In 2008 he established a partnership with Buro Happold to develop software for designing for zero emissions.

Prior to joining Woods Bagot in 2001 he had his own small practice and taught at UWA.

*This event will be strictly in line with the WA Government Covid restrictions – limited capacities apply.


25 Nov 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST
Free – $10
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