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Building a Sustainable Infrastructure Project

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Sustainability properly built into a project should lead to reduced resource consumption, lifecycle cost reduction and regulatory agency and community support. As a new, emerging field for infrastructure, sustainability can be realised through integration in three project stages: planning and permitting, design and construction, and operations. In planning and permitting processes, there is a strong focus on measurable outcomes to achieve economic or social benefit. During design and construction a sustainability working group is useful to ensure initiatives are identified, implemented and promoted. In operations, the project must ‘walk the talk’ and its success is assessed by stakeholders and the local community. Ongoing commitment to sustainable outcomes is essential even after project completion. It relies on bold implementation in commissioning and throughout the project's operational life. AECOM case studies demonstrate how a commitment to measurable, sustainable outcomes enhances infrastructure projects and engenders pride within design teams and local communities.

Keywords: Sustainable; built environment; construction; design; infrastructure; project; rating tools

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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