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CIOB Awards 2024: Sustainability

CIOB Awards 2024 Sustainability

Winner Gold Award: Saul Humphrey FCIOB, Saul D Humphrey LLP and Anglia Ruskin University

With a 40-year career in construction to build on, Saul Humphrey is on a mission to embed sustainable practice into the industry. He is doing this with a multi-pronged attack: as a sustainability consultant, advising pioneering projects; as a part-time professor and academic; as a business owner who is walking the walk; and as an influencer and speaker.

Other finalists

Ian Armstrong ARCO2 Architecture
Rakesh Chavda VolkerFitzpatrick

Through his consultancy, which recently attained B Corp status, Humphrey is currently advising nine projects on issues across the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These include three ultra-sustainable care villages for Castlemeadow Care; The Phoenix in Lewes for Human Nature (Places), a 750-home development which aims to be the greenest in Europe; and Dial Corner, an earth-sheltered dwelling which will have better than net zero emissions.

Reducing Scope 3 emissions

Humphrey has achieved net zero carbon for his own business, requiring a carbon offset of 11 tonnes. However, he says that his main focus is on reducing his Scope 3 emissions – that is the projects that he can influence through his input. To this end he has created a dynamic tracker across the 17 SDGs for all the projects he works on, benchmarking them against norms.

With his decades of construction experience – including 33 years with RG Carter, where he was a regional director – Humphrey is sharing his knowledge with future generations as a part-time professor, teaching sustainable construction at Anglia Ruskin University. He is also working on research projects with the University of East Anglia, the University of Suffolk and the Suffolk Sustainability Institute, and Cranfield University.

With over 25,000 followers on LinkedIn, Humphrey delivers keynote lectures and presentations and is involved with a host of academic, business, charity and construction organisations. A chartered environmentalist as well as a chartered builder, Humphrey recently joined CIOB’s Sustainability Advisory Panel.

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