Did you know that buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO  ) emissions and have a significant impact on our natural habitats?

We have declared a Climate Emergency...Why?


The good news is that recent research and technology allows us to work in new ways, through better building and construction processes, towards a sustainable and regenerative future for everyone.

At Jackson Church, we have committed to strengthen our working practices in order that we continue to create excellent structural engineering outcomes whilst also reducing the carbon impact on the world around us.

We are keen to work with clients, architects and other building professionals who share our concerns, so we can come together and meet this urgent call for action to reduce our impact on the planet.

So how does this affect our clients?

We will talk with all of our clients at the beginning of a project about ways in which we can reduce environmental impact and what that might mean for their project. Greener can often mean more cost effective too, both in initial project costs and also ongoing costs once the project is complete. If there’s something you don’t want to adopt for whatever reason, you can opt out of this before any work is underway. We are committed to giving you the greenest options available, whilst still working to your budget and needs.

Ways that we will seek to create a more carbon-friendly project include;

  • Reusing or strengthening existing structures instead of automatically specifying new ones.

  • Talking to you about adopting lower carbon structures where appropriate.


  • Specifying your new structure based on the minimum loading criteria we can; we won’t allow ‘a little extra’ for future uses that may never materialise unless you ask us to.


  • We already work hard to minimise material quantity (and cost) in our specifications, but we will now be carrying out extra number crunching to make sure you’re also getting a better carbon deal.

  • Specifying materials that are lower carbon wherever possible, for example we may specify timber beams instead of steel where feasible - and this saves money too. Where available, we will specify similar products which have lower embodied carbon content; like using a low carbon concrete.

  • Working with other designers where relevant to help create buildings which have reduced operational carbon usage, for example by increased effective insulation and reducing thermal bridging.

  • Providing a project carbon cost in kgCO  e/m   (kilograms embodied carbon dioxide per square metre), with the aim of reducing embodied carbon use. This includes estimating carbon cost of input materials, material transport to site, onsite energy use and disposal of unused (wasted) materials.



And what else are we doing?

  • Raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action.

  • Evaluating all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encouraging our clients to adopt this approach too.

  • Sharing knowledge and research on reducing carbon usage on an open source basis to inform and educate people so they can make better and more informed decisions.

  • Advocating for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices.