The BRE is calling on the ground engineering sector to help provide data to improve understanding of how foundation design can improve sustainability.
The Impact assessment system is aiming to develop a decision matrix to simply highlight the difference in sustainability of different foundation solutions. “Foundation design is largely dictated by ground conditions but there are some options that are more favourable to sustainability than others,” said BRE principal consultant Ken Watts.
Watts is calling on the geotechnics sector to provide background data from existing sites in order to ensure the matrix system’s flowchart is robust. “We are not looking for carbon information but real data,” he said. “We want basic data such as the volume of materials used, plant use hours and fuel consumption so we can relate traditional approaches to more innovative techniques in terms of sustainability.
“The aim is to emphasise the possibility of using simpler foundations and more sustainable solutions in good ground. But we need real data to add credibility to the system and gain industry consensus.”