Development of an environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) protocol for flexible pavements that integrates life-cycle components to a proprietary software

F. Osmani, M. Hettiwatte, S. Kshirsagar, S. Senadheera, H. C. Zhang

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Abstract

Significant progress has been made in research on environmental Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of pavements. Use of this new knowledge has been slowed by a lack of standardized datasets and analysis protocols. Several software packages have been developed to address this by providing datasets with broader coverage and better quality, but practitioners need application-specific data input interfaces for easy use. The authors report work on developing a protocol for environmental LCA of flexible pavements that uses a proprietary software system with data input interface plug-ins they developed for each of the five flexible pavement life-cycle phases. This protocol allows designers to integrate environmental LCA with Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) to select the optimum design from several alternatives. With looming transformative changes in pavement materials and technology landscapes, this protocol also has the potential to allow a more effectively holistic assessment of such novel systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPavement Life-Cycle Assessment - Proceedings of the Pavement Life-cycle Assessment Symposium, 2017
EditorsImad L. Al-Qadi, Hasan Ozer, John Harvey
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages31-40
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781138066052
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
EventSymposium on Life-Cycle Assessment of Pavements, Pavement LCA 2017 - Champaign, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2017Apr 13 2017

Publication series

NamePavement Life-Cycle Assessment - Proceedings of the Pavement Life-cycle Assessment Symposium, 2017

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Life-Cycle Assessment of Pavements, Pavement LCA 2017
CountryUnited States
CityChampaign
Period04/12/1704/13/17

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