Katie Symons

Principal Advisors in the Building Performance and Engineering team

Katie Symons is Principal Advisor, Engineering, in MBIE’s Building System Performance Branch. She is leading the Building for Climate Change programme’s whole-of-life embodied carbon framework.

Katie is a chartered professional structural engineer in New Zealand and the UK, and has over 15 years’ experience designing building structures in both countries. She has particular expertise in assessing the embodied carbon of buildings and construction materials.

Working as a consultant engineer, she developed tools and methodologies to integrate carbon assessment into the building design process. She has also undertaken research work at Cambridge University on the application of environmental life cycle assessment in construction, and is the author of a number of academic papers on the subject.


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