Life-cycle assessment environmental sustainability in bridge design and maintenance

Balogun, TB, Tomor, A, Lamond, J, Gouda, H and Booth, CA 2020, 'Life-cycle assessment environmental sustainability in bridge design and maintenance' , Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) : Engineering Sustainability, 173 (7) , pp. 365-375.

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Interviews were undertaken with expert bridge designers to reveal their opinions on environmental considerations and the possibility of integrating life-cycle assessment into the bridge design process. Bridge designers were generally found to consider the need for the bridge, access for future maintenance, use of quality materials, longevity, cost savings and sustainability matter more important than life-cycle environmental emissions. Moreover, the limited awareness of life-cycle assessments among bridge designers along with a keenness to execute clients’ requirements, mostly on the basis of cost, further widened the gap. This gap could be overcome by: ensuring that detailed environmental matters such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are considered as design criteria; encouraging designers to highlight emerging environmental matters in the design brief; heightening awareness of life-cycle assessment among designers to increase its potential usage; and factoring life-cycle assessment damage indicators into the bridge design process.

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Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1478-4629; eissn 1751-7680 **History: issued 14-02-2020; published_online 14-02-2020
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) : Engineering Sustainability
Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers
ISSN: 1478-4629
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 12:31
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:06

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