Defining green road infrastructure projects—A critical review

Wu, Peng, Xia, Bo, Zhao, Xianbo, & Pienaar, Josua (2015) Defining green road infrastructure projects—A critical review. In Shen, Liyin, Ye, Kunhui, & Mao, Chao (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Chongqing, China, pp. 125-134.

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Abstract

Green infrastructure is considered as a strategic approach to address the ecological and social impacts of urban sprawl. The main elements of green infrastructure have been well established and include a series of multifunctional ecological systems, such as green urban space, green road infrastructure and the links between these systems. However, it should be noted that the elements of green road infrastructure have only been briefly mentioned in isolated life cycle stages, e.g. design, procurement, construction, maintenance and operation. The definition of green road infrastructure and the elements in green road infrastructure projects remain largely unknown. To explore the elements in green road infrastructure, a critical review was adopted. As the development of green road infrastructure projects is guided by rating systems, a comparison of three major green roads rating systems, including GreenroadsTM, EnvisionTM and Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Tool—IS, was conducted. The comparison reveals that green roads can be defined as road projects that have superior performance in economic, social and environmental sustainability. The sustainability features in green roads mainly include environmental sustainability, social sustainability, economic sustainability, quality, pavement technology and innovation. The results will contribute to an increased understanding of green roads and will be useful to improve the performance of road projects on these sustainability features.

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ID Code: 86080
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Green roads, Sustainable development, Sustainability features, Rating systems
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-46994-1_11
ISBN: 9783662469941
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2015 22:38
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 05:06

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