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Sustainable Structural Engineering

Sustainability is the defining challenge for engineers in the
twenty-first century. In addition to safe, economic, and efficient
structures, a new criterion, sustainable, must be met.
Furthermore, this new design paradigm–addressing social,
economic, and environmental aspects–requires prompt action.
In particular, mitigation of climate change requires sustainable
solutions for new as well as existing structures. Taking from
both practice and research, this book provides engineers with
applicable, timely, and innovative information on the state-of the-
art in sustainable structural design.
This Structural Engineering Document addresses safety and
regulations, integration concepts, and a sustainable approach
to structural design. Life-cycle assessment is presented as a
critical tool to quantify design options, and the importance of
existing structures–in particular cultural heritage structures–is
critically reviewed. Consideration is also given to bridge design
and maintenance, structural reassessment, and disaster risk
reduction. Finally, the importance of environmentally friendly
concrete is examined. Consequently, structural engineers are
shown to have the technical proficiency, as well as ethical
imperative, to lead in designing a sustainable future.

ISBN 978-3-85748-141-3

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From resource consumption and water use to waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions,
the built environment is critical for a sustainable future. While the challenges of sustainability
have been known for decades, urgency of action is driven by the findings of the United Nations
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Consequently, structural engineers face a new
design paradigm: safe, economic, reliable, and sustainable.
Sustainable development is defined by the Brundtland Report as “development that meets the
needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs.” The three pillars of sustainability—environment, social, and economic—must be taken
into account for engineering projects to achieve sustainability. This Structural Engineering Document
presents the latest research and practical applications of sustainable structural engineering
from around the world.
In the opening chapter, Kanda details the role of the structural engineer in sustainable design
with a focus on safety. This is followed by Limsuwan’s chapter on an integration concept of
sustainability engineering. Zordan then outlines a sustainable approach to structural design.
Lourenço, Branco, and Coelho illustrate the importance of existing structures in their chapter
on cultural heritage and structural systems. Anderson and Yang discuss life-cycle assessment
as a crucial analysis tool to evaluate environmental sustainability criteria. Matos, Neves, and
Gonçalves subsequently present the importance of asset management for aging infrastructure.
Martin and Kirk provide a crucial review of sustainability in bridge design and maintenance.
Bucher and Brehm then present structural reassessment for the lifetime extension of structures.
The importance of disaster risk reduction as a sustainability strategy is presented by Grundy.
Finally, de Brito and Silva review green materials for concrete production.
Sustainability is a broad and complex topic. Through this Structural Engineering Document we
aim to provide practicing engineers and researchers with insights, tools, and recommendations
to advance sustainable structural design.