The purpose of this book is to introduce sustainability and sustainable practices to members of the engineering and construction (E&C) industry and to provide insight into how to design and construct sustainable structures. Information is presented on why sustainable practices are being used, how they are being implemented, and what the potential benefits of their use are for members of E&C firms.
This book is unique because it not only addresses the sustainable aspects of buildings but also covers sustainable practices during engineering design and construction operations for all types of E&C projects. Many books focus on the sustainability certification rating systems used for evaluating buildings after they are complete, and these rating systems are mentioned in this book, but the main focus of this book is on providing information on how to address sustainability in all of the E&C industry sectors during engineering design and construction operations.
The first part of the book, Chapters 1 through 3, provides background information on sustainability, sustainable development practices, corporate social responsibility, supply chain management, early adopters of government sustainability objectives, barriers and drivers for implementing sustainable development practices,
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sustainability in the construction sector, domestic and foreign environmental regulations, sustainability global reporting initiatives, the social and community impact of projects, the environmental impact of production operations for construction materials, and global environmental management standards. The first part of the book also includes information on the global treaties influencing the incorporation of sustainable practices into engineering design and construction operations such as the Kyoto Protocol Treaty, Basel Convention, Rio Declaration, and Stockholm Convention. It also presents information on clean development mechanisms, joint implementation practices, carbon sinks, and
emissions credits. The environmental laws affecting E&C professionals working in the United States are covered to illustrate their impact on engineering designs and construction operations. The middle part of the book, Chapters 4 through 10, presents information on sustainable designs; selecting sustainable sites; designing for passive survivability; designing for disassembly; and information on the ISO 14000 standard. It also discusses life-cycle cost assessment models and how to quantify all of the sustainable impacts on construction including the overall costs of materials taking into consideration cradle-to-grave economic and environmental costs.
The middle section of the book also provides a summary of the results obtained from a research investigation into how sustainable practices are already being integrated into E&C firms and projects. Information is provided on how sustainability techniques are being used in the E&C industry, and on corporate- and project-level sustainability practices. The last part of the middle section of the book discusses global sustainability trends and implications and provides samples of some of the environmental degradation mitigation strategies being used throughout the world. The third part of the book, Chapters 11 through 15, covers specific sustainability concepts and processes by including detailed information on sustainable construction materials and processes, heavy construction equipment, and traditional and alternative energy sources.
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It also provides background information on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System and many other sustainability organizations and certification programs such as the International Green Construction Code, the Building Resource Energy and Environmental Assessment Model (BREEAM), Green Globes, Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency (CASBEE) comprehensive assessment,
Chartered Institute of Building’s Sustainability and the Construction Industry in the United Kingdom Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Stars, Green Advantage, Green Star, Green Guide to Specifications, British Standards Institute BES 6001, Responsible Sources Model, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, Design Quality Indicators, Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme, Los Alamos National Laboratory Sustainable Design Guide, the World Green Building Council, Green Guides to Specifications, United Nations Environment Programme, the Sustainable Building Alliance, GreenRoads, Green Building National Standard that incorporates NSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1–2104, and others.
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