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Design and Assessment of Structures as a Concerted Planning Process

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The consideration of all aspects of sustainability leads to an integrated design of structures that does not meet only the traditional requirements for mechanical resistance and stability as well as safety in case of fire but that meets also the more general requirements with regard to hygiene, health and environment, safety in use, protection against noise, energy efficiency and sustainable use of natural resources.

As various requirements may lead to conflicting directions for design, a first conclusion is that concerted actions are necessary to develop consistent concepts for an integrated design process of construction works which are suitable for structural optimisation in general view.

A sustainable development for construction will not simply respond to new needs by adding new constructions to the existing construction stock or demolish old buildings and simply substitute them by new ones: it will analyse existing construction to identify their possibilities for meeting sustainability goals.

In parallel to the development of the engineering services and construction market the future generation of structural design codes and product standards will highlight new and advanced concepts for the design and assessment of civil engineering works.
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Keywords: Integrated design process; assessment of existing structures; design codes of practice; design working life; durability; limit state design; quality management; safety; serviceability; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2009

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