ENGINEERS CAN no longer ignore sustainability in construction. This is the message of the 2002 Brunel International Lecture to be held at the ICE this Tuesday.
'Delivering sustainable development', to be presented by ICE Environment & Sustainability Board chairman Roger Venables, will focus on the practical actions now available to make delivery of sustainable development the norm, rather than the rare and special exception it is at present.
Venables will describe sustainable projects from the UK and around the globe.
Many of Venables' examples came to light during his lecture tour of Australia and the Far East last autumn. Versions of the lecture have been presented in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
Sustainability - a balance of environmental, social and economic factors - remains challenging, Venables admitted. But he claimed that the application of sustainable principles is now well enough understood to make widespread use viable.
'There is no longer any excuse for doing nothing about making projects more sustainable, ' said Venables.
'We know enough about the practical actions to take now, and a marketing approach is needed to make sustainable development the norm.'
After London, the lecture will travel to Leeds University on 12 March and Marseilles, France, on 24 May.