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Sustainability aspects of using geotextiles

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posted on 03.05.2016, 15:58 by Neil Dixon, Jamil Raja, Gary John Fowmes, Matthew Frost
Sustainability of materials and processes are commonly assessed by calculating the carbon emissions (CO2) generated. This is a simplification but the ease of calculation encourages comparisons of solutions, makes outputs of assessments accessible, transparent and repeatable, and CO2 savings can readily be counted towards industry, national and international targets. This chapter describes a framework for calculating embodied carbon of construction solutions that incorporate geotextiles. It outlines carbon footprinting techniques and common definitions, presents examples of embodied carbon for geotextile materials, defines life cycle boundaries and presents example calculations for common construction case studies: Protection, working platform and landfill capping. All three examples demonstrate the significant CO2 savings that can result from employing geotextiles. These savings are realised through reducing the amount of imported fill material used and this minimises the transport related carbon emissions. The approach introduced can be used to undertake site specific calculations that inform decisions on selection of construction approaches that contribute to sustainable practice.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Geotextiles From Design to Applications

Pages

1 - 20

Citation

DIXON, N. ... et al, 2016. Sustainability aspects of using geotextiles. IN: Koerner, R.M. (ed). Geotextiles: From Design to Applications. Woodhead Publishing, pp. 577-596.

Publisher

Woodhead Publishing / © Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

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This book chapter is posted here with permission of Elsevier.

ISBN

0081002211;9780081002216

Language

en

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