Strategies for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations
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Strategies for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations

Edited by John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj

Expert contributions examine the contextual factors that affect implementation of more sustainable technology and innovation practices, offering a number of empirical methodologies to describe and explain these multidimensional influences. What emerges is a compelling argument in favor of balanced strategies that merge profitability concerns with ecological consciousness, allowing for controlled sustainable development and stable, long-term economic success. Discussion of companies in both developed and emerging countries makes this book useful on a truly global scale.
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Chapter 10: Benchmarking sustainable construction technology in the building and transportation sectors

Salwa Beheiry and Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh


This chapter reviews the principles of benchmarking sustainable construction (SC) technology and techniques in the building and transportation sector. For the purposes of this chapter, building construction includes residential and commercial property, whereas transportation projects include facilities such as roadway, bikeway and walkway sections; junctions including roundabouts, at-grade signalized and non-signalized intersections, and grade-separated intersections; bridges including piers, girders and decks; tunnels; runways, taxiways, and holding areas; and guideways including railways; bus stops, rail and metro stations and transfer points; pavements (i.e. road surfaces), both rigid and flexible, and base and sub-base layers; and drainage facilities including open and closed channels, culverts and collectors. The chapter also provides a brief highlight of a benchmarking case study, using a pilot data sample and a follow-up data sample of residential and commercial buildings.

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