The MEM Seminar Series 2003 /2004


In the Seminar, Mr Jeff Willis will examine the development of the environmental design for construction projects during the last 30 years, identify some important milestones and discuss the effects of some of the commercial and political drivers which dominate the construction industry. He will also describe the complexity of environmental considerations which affect the sustainable design of buildings, and talk about a tool developed by ARUP to effectively evaluate original designs and compare the impact of changes to design.


This tool, the Sustainable Project Assessment Routine (SPeAR), was developed as a methodology to assess the sustainability of projects, programmes, products and organisations. With SPeAR, specific sustainability issues, under the broad categories of economic, social, natural resources and environment, of a project can be assessed through measurement of performance against a comprehensive, tailored set of key indicators. SPeAR can be applied to strategic and policy planning, decision making procedures, benchmarking, corporate performance, project / development progress appraisal, and conceptual, master and detailed -planning designs


About the speaker

Jeff Willis has 35 years experience in the design, management and construction management of building projects in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. For the past 25 years he has been employed by Ove Arup & Partners (Arup), an International consulting engineering practice, and during that time has worked in 7 different countries. He became a Director of the company in 1992.


The construction projects with which he has been involved cover a wide range of functions from the MRT in Singapore to highways in Abu Dhabi; from Industrial facilities in UK, Iran, Hong Kong and Indonesia; to infrastructure in UK, UAE and Qatar; from theatres and multi-storey offices in the UK to Universities in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


In the 1970s, Mr Willis developed an interest in environmental issues and their relationship to building design, and this interest was one of the reasons for joining Arup in 1978. His main interests focus on the complexity of the evaluation of environmental impact of construction and the results of construction, and the interrelationship between the best environmental solution and the commercial and political drivers which demand a compromise.




Public Seminar on


The Development and measurement of Sustainable Design in the Construction Industry




Mr Jeff Willis

Associate Director



Saturday, 13 September 2003

10:00 am 12:00 noon

Lecture Room 425

SDE 3 Level 4



All are Welcome


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