Judith Sykes, Matt Whitney, Chris Rush and Catherine Pinney
October 2023

Interdisciplinary discussion: Designing sustainable buildings

Buildings, planning, and infrastructure represent a significant pressure on natural systems, but the way we design them also has the capacity to transform our social, economic, and natural world.

Key environmental challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and air quality, can only be addressed if we consider the ways that we design buildings.

This panel discussion considered the topic of sustainable buildings from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, bringing together design questions which address climate, biodiversity, indoor air quality, healthy buildings, and other key elements of the sustainable design question. The discussion brought together voices from across the environmental sciences and other disciplines, with a view to shaping the ongoing work of the IES to address consenting processes and the future of environmental science.

How can I get involved?
If you want to support the work of the IES to shape the future of the environmental sciences, consider becoming a professional member of the IES or join as an affiliate.

Other ways you can get involved include:

  • Present a webinar as part of our IES webinar series
  • Let us know your perspective by contributing a blog or analysis piece for the IES website