Simon Sturgis AADip RIBA

Delivering a low carbon future

Tackling global warming is the biggest environmental challenge that we face today. The built environment is a major contributor through the carbon emissions from both construction and use.

For new buildings the majority of lifetime carbon emissions will be directly attributable to materials, construction and maintenance.

Reducing carbon emissions through better building design, low carbon material choices, resource efficiency and circular economic strategies is therefore no longer optional but essential and with the right advice – achievable.

Simon Sturgis is widely recognised as an expert, an innovator and a lateral thinker in delivering a low carbon, resource efficient, built environment. He has lead UK thinking and produced industry guidance for the RICS, RIBA, BCO and others which is already changing the way projects are designed and built in the UK.


He is an advisor to the World Wildlife Fund, Google, the Greater London Authority, Schroders Real Estate, British Land, Landsec, M&S, Heathrow Expansion, Grosvenor, L&G, Tishman Speyer, Warwick University, Gatwick Airport, BEIS, DCMS, DCLG, English Heritage, the UKGBC, and the BBP.


Simon is Sustainability Advisor to the RIBA Stirling Prize, a CABE/Design Council Built Environment Expert, and a member of the British Council for Offices Sustainability Group and the ULI Sustainability Council. He is an advisor to the EU Commission, Green Construction Board, RICS, Building Research Establishment, and is an AJ Awards judge.


His approach to delivering a low whole life carbon and circular economic future is rooted in practical and economically efficient ideas and strategies, which at the same time challenge conventional thinking.


Simon provides policy, strategic and detailed advice to project teams for reducing construction and lifecycle carbon emissions in master planning, infrastructure, new buildings, retrofit and fitout projects, and through all project stages.



- Simon Sturgis (with Cundall) just completed detailed guidance for GLA's London Plan Policy SI2 'Whole Life Carbon' - April 2020

- See Simon Sturgis RICS article on climate, value and all glass skysrapers March 2020.

- Simon Sturgis interviews Lord Deben CCC Chair at Bisnow Conference London 2019.

- See Simon Sturgis in Guardian Article On Banning All Glass Skyscrapers - Link

- Simon Sturgis interviewed about 'All Glass Buildings' on the Sean Moncrieffe Show 31st July 2019.

- Latest Draft of the new London Plan will include requirements for Embodied and Whole Life Carbon in accordance with "a nationally recognised Whole Life Cycle Carbon assessment".   

- Simon Sturgis has advised the Stirling Prize jury on Sustainability for the second year running. See AJ Article.

- Simon Sturgis spoke at COP24 on the RICS Professional Statement "Whole Life carbon assessment for the built environment"