EcoDesign Strategies for Roadway Projects

By Andrew S. Chang and Calista Y. Tsai.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Environmental sustainability issues have been incorporated into product development in recent years. The design stage is key to integrating these issues, so the EcoDesign (ED) strategies were developed in the manufacturing industry to direct sustainable product design. Construction projects have also been requested to incorporate sustainability but most of them are green buildings. Other types of construction projects need strategies or tools to facilitate sustainability incorporation.
This study developed ED strategies for roadway projects. First, sixty sustainability design items in 14 disciplines for roadway design were identified. Then, the manufacturing ED strategies were referenced and adjusted into eight applicable strategies for construction projects. The 60 items were linked with the eight ED strategies through interviewing designers. The results showed that the two ED strategies of “reduction in weight/volume” and “reduction of impact during use” were more adopted by roadway projects with 34% and 33%, respectively; the 14 design disciplines adopted the eight ED strategies with different proportions. The findings indicate the direction leading roadway projects towards sustainability and reducing trial and error by designers.

Keywords: Sustainability, EcoDesign, Roadway Projects

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.157-167. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.027MB).

Prof. Andrew S. Chang

Professor, Civil Engineering Department, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Andrew S. Chang is a professor in the Civil Engineering Department of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. He has over 12 years of project control experience on large engineering and construction projects. He received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer in California.

Calista Y. Tsai

PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering Department, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Calista Y. Tsai is a PhD candidate in the Civil Engineering Department of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She has five years of construction management and project scheduling. Her PhD thesis concerns incorporating sustainability into construction design practices.