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Title: Developing an LCA-based tool for infrastructure projects
Authors: Ghumra, Shamir
Watkins, Miles
Phillips, Paul
Glass, Jacqueline
Frost, Matthew W.
Anderson, Jane
Keywords: Civil engineering
Infrastructure projects
Life-cycle assessment
Responsible sourcing
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © ARCOM / © The authors
Citation: GHUMRA, S. ... et al, 2009. Developing an LCA-based tool for infrastructure projects. IN: Dainty, A.R.J. (ed.). Proceedings of 25th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM, 7-9 September 2009, Nottingham, UK, pp.1003-10.
Abstract: There exists a well established set of tools based on life cycle assessment methodology for buildings. Tools such as the BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) are commonly used and a greater number of clients are specifying a particular rating to be achieved for projects. Whilst the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme (CEEQUAL) assesses infrastructure projects across the whole sector it does not specifically take into account the life cycle assessment of the project and, in particular, the materials used. However, recent developments with regard to responsible sourcing may go some way to addressing this gap. For example an organisation’s procedures and systems regarding quality, the environment and health & safety can also be assessed through responsible sourcing alongside the impacts of the construction product itself. In the UK however, there is little evidence that a single, unified and overarching framework for project assessments will be developed in the immediate future. Therefore a real and pressing need exists for an easy to use tool for civil engineers that takes into account both the life cycle assessment of the materials used and the environmental impacts these have on infrastructure projects. This research aims to develop such a tool and as such this paper will present an analysis of the drivers and barriers in relation to this development.
Description: This paper was presented at the 25th Annual ARCOM Conference. The proceedings of this conference are available from: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/publications/proceedings.html
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5989
ISBN: 9780955239021
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