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For People and a Better World !

The ethical application of scientific principles to relevant aspects of
Sustainable Design.

International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)

A non-profit scientific society, established in 1929, to promote the international exchange of knowledge in the field of structural engineering. It has more than 4,400 members in 101 countries, all over the world. Its secretariat is in Zurich, Switzerland.

1996 IABSE Declaration for Sustainable Development

IABSE pledges to further the aims of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development : "sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." IABSE recognizes the interdependence of the planet's diverse ecosystems and their finite capacity to assimilate changes due to human activities. IABSE urges its members to identify and act to minimize potentially damaging environmental impact stemming from their work. In their professional activities, IABSE desires that its members promote :

  • the full understanding of the interdisciplinary actions required to sustain and optimise the natural, built and socio-economic environments ;

  • the increased use of renewable and recycled non-renewable materials in the construction and operation of structures ;

  • the conscientious assessment of the environmental impact of projects, basing recommendations on environmental soundness.

IABSE members will urge the incorporation of environmental objectives into design, planning, construction and operational criteria. IABSE members will continue to educate themselves and their students on issues relating to sustainable development, and to freely transfer this knowledge to society. Finally, IABSE strongly encourages its members to decline association with engineering activities, in developed and in developing countries, that are contrary to sustainable development.

IABSE Working Commission 7 - Sustainable Engineering




International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)

An independent non-profit organization concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES was founded in 1991 at an international meeting in Berlin, Germany, attended by 1700 people. INES' efforts focus on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the United Nations (Department of Public Information) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) .

INES Appeal to Engineers and Scientists, and Associated Pledge

INES Global







  1. Introduction to Sustainable Construction

    CIB Report 225 : Sustainable Development & The Future of Construction

    Published May 1998

    14 National Reports from around the world, with an International Synthesis.

    European Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction

    Adopted November 1998

    Expands and strengthens, but preserves the legal intent of, the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. References extensive legal base in the European Union. Also contains a guideline framework on 'social inclusion', and a glossary of terms and definitions.

    Construction Related Sustainability Performance Indicators

    Introduction to the Framework.


    Harmonized E.U. Sustainability Label
    Gives direction to the use of Performance Indicators in Civil Engineering / Service / Infrastructural Works.



    Fundamental Matrix of Performance Indicators

    Managing the information generated by Indicators.


    Environmental Impact
    Any effect caused by a given activity on the environment, including human health and safety (and welfare), flora, fauna, soil, air, water, (and especially representative samples of natural ecosystems), climate, landscape and historical monuments or other physical structures or the interactions among these factors ; it also includes effects on cultural heritage or socio-economic conditions resulting from alterations to those factors.
    1994 Energy Charter Treaty (EU)
    and 1972 Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment (UN)

  2. Issues for Consideration in Sustainable Engineering

    - A value system in engineering ;
    - Ethical practice ;
    - Integration of engineering disciplines (for a start) ;
    - Re-engineering the process of structural design ;
    - Terminology ;
    - Minimizing damaging / harmful 'environmental impacts' ;
    - Developing engineering related sustainability performance indicators ;
    - De-construction (organized demolition & removal) ;
    - Re-use & re-cycling of construction waste ;
    - Sustainable maintenance and use / operation ;
    - Designing for adaptability, i.e. extension of life cycle ;
    - Directing emphasis towards 'serviceability limit states' ........
    see example here ;
    - Life cycle analysis of engineering related materials, components and systems, etc ;
    - New working methods in engineering design, construction and use / operation ;
    - A targeted research agenda.

  3. IABSE Working Commission 7 : Sustainable Engineering

    Field of Activity within IABSE :

This Working Commission is, in its field of activity, responsible for the active support of the objectives of the Association. It supports, in this respect, all other committees and working commissions of the Association.

Mission :

The mission of Working Commission 7 is to implement the Declaration adopted by the IABSE Permanent Committee in 1996. Towards that end, WC 7 will develop practical information about sustainability relevant to structural engineering worldwide. WC 7 will then disseminate this information by any and all means, electronic or otherwise, to the IABSE Membership and the engineering community at large - with the aim of ensuring that the concept of sustainability becomes an integral part of every engineer's thinking and actions.

Meetings of Working Commission 7 :

Malta - March 2001
Click here to download Minutes
(PDF File, 129kb)



A Statement of the World's Scientific Academies
May 2000

Transition to Sustainability in the 21st Century :
The Contribution of Science and Technology


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