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Industrial Placement Sustainability Engineer UK - 2018 intake (2432) in London at BuroHappold Engineering

Date Posted: 2/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At BuroHappold, we’re passionate about great engineering. And always have been.

We are a holistic engineering practice, where engineers are more than just human calculators, they’re helpers in shaping solutions, making the world a better place to live in.

When it comes to your graduate career, don’t opt for the obvious. Don’t accept the average. Expect the best and work with the best. 

 We make the vision viable.

Type of contract

Intern/Student Placement

Area of Expertise
Building Environment


Office / Project Location
Bath, London

Closing Date

Ref No

What is Sustainability Engineering?

You can have high-value, low-impact building solutions that meet your sustainability objectives while creating comfortable, productive and effective environments valued by the people who use them

We can help you create a high-value, low environmental impact solution that provides a comfortable, productive and effective environment valued by the people who use it. Modelling environmental, technical and economic forces, we can quantify your project’s performance and remove risk at the earliest stages of the design process. Simulation software and research enables us to analyse multiple design options, giving you greater choice in the way that your environment is designed.

Our Engineers offer a mix of general sustainability input on projects as well as building physics analysis. The team works across a range of scales and project types from policy, strategy and masterplanning through to building design, soft landings, monitoring and management.

Our clients and collaborators include world leading corporates, developers, institutions, architects and government across a wide range of sectors including commercial property, higher education, arts and culture.

What sort of projects would I work on?

Shimoga Processing Centre, India - The award winning Shimogo Processing Centre is an outstanding example of how low energy and passive design can be achieved in extreme climatic conditions, while still providing a high level of comfort for the employees using the building. It is a highly sustainable building that uses high performance passive and sustainable design; the building is optimised for natural light and ventilation and the careful landscaping guides prevailing winds to aid natural ventilation.

One Angel Square, UK - BuroHappold delivered the highest BREEAM score to date for a building of this type, rated Outstanding. This headquarters for Co-operative Group includes high levels of energy efficiency, combined heat and power and renewable energy. Extensive post-occupancy evaluation is being carried out to monitor in-use performance and drive operational reductions in CO2

University of Newcastle Urban Sciences Building, UK - working with stakeholders from across the university, we developed and implemented a comprehensive sustainability framework for this ‘Building as a Lab’ project, showcasing a  DC test grid, flow battery energy storage system and an extensive ‘big data’ energy management platform to facilitate research into electricity demand response.

Olympicopolis Stratford Waterfront, UK - this is a leading example of how we work with clients to shape significant urban quarters and push the boundaries of sustainable urban development. Our client London Legacy Development Corporation has set very ambitious targets to promote health and wellbeing, world-class environmental performance and smart digital design and development for a major cultural and education district at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We are leading the sustainability strategy for the site and embedding it into the design by applying a combination of technical, commercial, planning and stakeholder management skills. The project was showcased as part of Green Sky Thinking 2016 alongside workshops on integrated water management at Old Oak Common and Park Royal.

 What would I do?

  • Advise clients, engineers, architects and urban planners on sustainable measures, technologies and holistic solutions (through design, specification and construction techniques) for building, masterplan and strategic consultancy projects.
  • Undertake analysis, reporting  and presentations to develop design concepts, using simulation techniques such as dynamic thermal modelling, daylight simulation and energy /carbon modelling to inform:
    • Urban design and building form, massing and orientation strategies
    • Façade thermal and solar performance
    • Natural ventilation and mixed-mode strategies
    • Passive cooling strategies and design to prevent overheating
    • Climate change resilience
    • Health, wellbeing and productivity
    • Embodied carbon strategies to reduce whole-life impacts
    • Building / system performance in operation and strategies to close the performance gap
    • Daylight provision
    • Internal and external comfort (thermal, wind, glare etc.)
    • Energy performance
  • Undertake assessments of sustainability and environmental impact, using a range of measures, including LEED, BREEAM, WELL Standard, Home Quality Mark and bespoke sustainability frameworks
  • Prepare reports on sustainability and building physics to accompany Planning Applications as well as design and construction stage reports.
  • Research, analysis and advice on innovations in sustainability relating to:
    • Big data analysis
    • Climate change resilience
    • Systems change
    • Corporate responsibility
    • Stakeholder workshops
    • Economic appraisals
  •  Undertake day-to-day to support the sustainability and physics group, which will include:

    • Attend regular team meetings, as required
    • Assist in developing marketing material, as requested
    • Actively participate in marketing activities to raise the profile of the analysis discipline both externally and within the company.
    • Provide sustainability guidance (particularly in your field of expertise) to other BuroHappold staff.

What would a typical day look like?

No two days are the same, but as an overview…

What is life really like?

“What stands out to me most about BuroHappold is that despite being a global business with huge projects, you are valued as a person and are never lost as just another face in the crowd. You have the benefit of being able to connect with and work alongside a large number of people, whilst still feeling completely respected as an individual. There are no cubicles or partitions between desks. The office in general is laid out in a way that promotes free movement and communication between co-workers. There are no boundaries between different teams – and while disciplines tend to cluster together, nothing prevents you from coming up to anyone else and having a chat. Everyone is always friendly and happy to assist in any way they can. People here work for an Idea and enjoy what they do. I find few things more satisfying than working with individuals that strive towards making the world a better place and take pride in doing so”. 



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