The true cost of construction: An analysis of the carbon dioxide emissions from the materials used in a pedestrian bridge

Lauren E. Clark, Sigrid M. Adriaenssens

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Abstract

Design of 'green buildings' has become a major area of research in architecture and civil engineering. However, construction of buildings and infrastructure has not evolved at a similar pace. This paper uses various life cycle assessment techniques to examine the carbon dioxide emissions from the production of key materials used in the construction of a landmark pedestrian bridge and how those emissions add to the financial cost of the bridge. The carbon dioxide emissions from the construction of the actual Streicker Bridge are compared with two hypothetical bridges of identical design constructed in Germany and Spain. This case study serves as an example of further research that should be performed to lessen the environmental impacts of construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 5 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010 - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: May 17 2010May 19 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period5/17/105/19/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Clark, L. E., & Adriaenssens, S. M. (2010). The true cost of construction: An analysis of the carbon dioxide emissions from the materials used in a pedestrian bridge. In Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010 [5507736] (Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2010.5507736