Quantifying Sustainability Metrics for Trunkline Bridges in the Mountain Plains Region

Sustainability is a critical consideration in the decision making process for construction projects. The building construction sector has the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the US Green Building Council (USGB). This certification requires an explicit justification of sustainability aspects of a candidate building's design and construction processes. Several levels can be certified, depending on a point system developed by the USGB. Bridge construction in the United States has no equivalent sustainability certification system, although several sustainability initiatives have been developed in the recent past. A sustainability index has been tested by Atkins Global. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK has specified that future structural design codes must consider sustainability, although no specific measures have been included to date. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official's (AASHTO's) Center for Environmental Excellence has publications on sustainability; and the most recent USGB guide gives more emphasis to building exterior factors. The ability to quantify the sustainability of bridges and their construction will provide an important metric for decision makers during the bidding and public policy making process.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $122000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Colorado State University

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Campus Delivery 1372
    Fort Collins, Colorado  United States  80523

    Colorado State University

    Department of Construction Management
    102 Guggenheim Hall
    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80523
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bolivar, Senior

    van de Lindt, John

  • Start Date: 20130101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180920
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-414

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01484100
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2013 1:00AM