Rossi Long understand the responsibilities faced by modern design practices. We are committed to raising awareness and improving staff capabilities in sustainable design as well as committed to operating as a net carbon zero business by 2050. Many of our objectives are aligned with the Institution of Structural Engineers' 6 point approach to addressing the climate emergency:

  1. Get Informed
  2. Low Carbon
  3. Lean Design
  4. Zero Waste
  5. Influence the Brief
  6. Get Involved

To this end we have:

  • Committed to compliance with PPN 06/21 for our Carbon Reduction Plan and are on track to achieving net carbon zero by 2030 for Scopes 1 and 2 and by 2050 for Scope 3;
  • Operate under an audited environmental management system accredited to ISO 14001 which incorporates KPIs which are orientated to improve carbon efficiency and increase staff awareness and understanding of designing to reduce embodied carbon;  
  • Subscribed to the Engineers Declare campaign;
  • Established a sustainable design working committee comprising a cross-section of staff with the specific objective of gaining knowledge of opportunities for sustainable design and understanding the associated embodied carbon within the range of structural design options that we consider.  The committee meets regularly to share knowledge, keep abreast of innovations and advancements and routinely presents to the entire Rossi Long design community to raise knowledge company-wide.  This knowledge can then be used to help client understanding, influence the brief and take opportunities within the design to improve environmental performance;
  • Collaborated on award winning innovative and class-leading sustainable designs.  We have extensive experience of Passivhaus standard projects and BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated projects which incorporate many sustainable features for renewable energy, biodiverse drainage systems, reduced energy demand and recycled material content.  We have presented our experiences on the RIBA Stirling Prize winning Passivhaus residential development project on Institution of Structural Engineer’s webinar;
  • Routinely undertake embodied energy assessments during design feasibility option appraisals to inform the client team of the associated environmental impact.

The above approach is incorporated into our Environmental and Sustainable Design Policy which is at the heart of our Environmental Management System.