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1st Edition

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction

ISBN 9781498733915
Published September 25, 2015 by CRC Press
452 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Successfully Measure the Benefits of Green Design and Construction

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction outlines the sustainable practices used in engineering design and construction operations for all types of engineering and construction projects. Aimed at ushering the engineering and construction industry into embracing sustainable practices and green construction techniques, this book addresses sustainability in engineering design and construction operations from a historical and global perspective, and delves into specific sustainability concepts and processes.

The book explains the concepts of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index (DJGSI), key performance indicators (KPIs), corporate sustainability, and the triple bottom line (economic, environmental, and social values in design and construction). Relevant to sustainability in every facet of engineering and construction, it also covers life-cycle environmental cost analysis, discusses sustainable engineering and site selection, the economic considerations evaluated when making sustainability decisions, and explains how to measure and quantify sustainable performance and apply these practices in the real world. It also covers project and corporate level sustainability practices, sustainable construction materials and processes, sustainable heavy construction equipment, traditional and alternative energy sources, provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs, and includes a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations.

The text contains detailed information on sustainable construction materials and processes, heavy construction equipment, and traditional and alternative energy sources. It presents information on sustainable designs, selecting sustainable sites, designing for passive survivability, designing for disassembly, and the ISO 14,000 standards. It provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs and a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations In addition, it provides definitions of sustainability terms and expressions, as well as case studies, examples, discussion questions, and a list of supplemental references at the end of each chapter.

This book provides information on:

  • Definitions for sustainability terms
  • Sources for locating global sustainability requirements
  • Current sustainability issues
  • Environmental laws related to sustainability and their implications
  • Sustainable design
  • Life-cycle cost assessment models
  • Sustainable practices currently being used in the engineering and construction (E&C) industry
  • Corporate-level sustainability practices
  • Project-level sustainability practices
  • Global sustainability trends and implications
  • Sustainable materials
  • Sustainable heavy construction equipment
  • Traditional and alternative energy sources
  • LEED Green Building Rating System
  • Sustainability organizations and certification programs
  • Sustainability implementation resources
  • A summary of sustainable engineering design and construction

Table of Contents

Introduction. Sources of Information on Sustainability Requirements. Sustainability Issues in the Engineering and Construction Industry. Sustainable Engineering Design. Environmental Laws and Their Implications. Life-Cycle Cost Assessment Models. Sustainable Practices in the Engineering and Construction Industry. Corporate-Level Sustainability Practices. Project-Level Sustainability Initiatives. Global Sustainability Trends and Implications. Sustainable Construction Materials. Sustainable Heavy Construction Equipment. Traditional and Alternative Energy Sources. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Sustainability Organizations and Certification Programs. Sustainability Implementation Resources. Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction Summary. Appendices.

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J. K. Yates, PhD, BSCE, is a civil and construction engineering consultant, emeritus professor, and former dean, as well as having been the associate editor of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Journal for 10 years. Dr. Yates has extensive hands-on experience working both domestically and globally for companies such as Bechtel, Williams Companies, CH2M Hill, and URS (formerly Morrison-Knudsen). A former member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, PMI, and the American Association of Cost Engineers International, Dr. Yates has written and had published eight books and over 50 refereed journal articles on civil and construction engineering, project management, and international engineering and construction.

Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Ph.D, PE, is a professor and chair of the School of Building Construction, in the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His overall area of interest consists of defining and deploying evaluation protocols for technology innovations in the built environment, focusing on areas affecting the built environment from both operational and sustainability perspectives. Dr. Castro-Lacouture is a registered professional engineer, associate editor of Automation in Construction, and member of the International Green Builder Certification Board. He was chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2014 Construction Research Congress, and has worked in construction engineering and management in both the public and private sectors.


"This text is a must have for anyone who wants to do more than just simulate sustainability, but prefers to be a true sustainable constructor. Incredibly exhaustive and thorough, yet presented in a very straightforward manner… lends insight into the many sustainable opportunities that a constructor will encounter during the construction process and offers guidance toward how to make sustainable decisions."
—David W. Martin, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, USA

"… one of the most thorough and comprehensive books on the subject of sustainability in the engineering and construction industry. Sustainability must be viewed in a holistic way, and this book is the first I have seen that truly covers the breadth of our complex and evolving industry."
—Bill Morrison, Vice President, Skanska USA Inc., New York, USA