Open Access Book: Sustainable Construction

Tengo el placer de compartir con todos vosotros, totalmente en abierto, un libro que he editado junto con la profesora, Tatiana García Segura. La labor de editar libros científicos es una oportunidad de poder seleccionar aquellos autores y temas que destacan en un ámbito determinado. En este caso, la construcción sostenible.

Además, resulta gratificante ver que el libro se encuentra editado en abierto, por lo que cualquiera de vosotros os lo podéis descargar sin ningún tipo de problema en esta entrada del blog. También os lo podéis descargar, o incluso pedirlo en papel, en la página web de la editorial MPDI: https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/3740

 

Referencia:

YEPES, V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T. (Eds.) (2021). Sustainable Construction. MPDI, 228 pp., Basel, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-0365-0482-7

 

Preface to ”Sustainable Construction”

Construction is one of the main sectors that generates greenhouse gases. This industry consumes large amounts of raw materials, such as stone, timber, water, etc. Additionally, infrastructure should provide service over many years without safety problems. Therefore, their correct design, construction, maintenance, and dismantling are essential to reducing economic, environmental, and societal consequences. That is why promoting sustainable construction has recently become extremely important. To help address and resolve these types of questions, this book is comprised of twelve chapters that explore new ways of reducing the environmental impacts caused by the construction sector, as well to promote social progress and economic growth. The chapters collect papers included in the “Sustainable Construction” Special Issue of the Sustainability journal. We would like to thank both the MDPI publishing and editorial staff for their excellent work, as well as the 43 authors who collaborated in its preparation. The papers cover a wide spectrum of issues related to the use of sustainable materials in construction, the optimization of designs based on sustainable indicators, the life-cycle assessment, the decision-making processes that integrate economic, social, and environmental aspects, and the promotion of durable materials that reduce future maintenance.

About the Editors

Víctor Yepes is a full professor of Construction Engineering; he holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering. He serves at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain. He has been the Academic Director of the M.S. studies in concrete materials and structures since 2007 and a Member of the Concrete Science and Technology Institute (ICITECH). He is currently involved in several projects related to the optimization and life-cycle assessment of concrete structures, as well as optimization models for infrastructure asset management. He currently teaches courses in construction methods, innovation, and quality management. He has authored more than 250 journals and conference papers, including more than 100 published in journals quoted in JCR. He acted as an expert for project proposal evaluation for the Spanish Ministry of Technology and Science, and he is a main researcher in many projects. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and a member of the editorial board of 12 other international journals (Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematics, Sustainability, Revista de la Construcci´on, Advances in Civil Engineering, Advances in Concrete Construction, among others).

Tatiana García-Segura is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. She obtained her International Doctorate with outstanding ”cum laude” in 2016. She received the IALCCE (International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering) international award for his scientific contributions and two awards for her Master’s Final Paper on sustainable construction (AEIPRO award and first prize of the Cemex-Sustainability Chair). She has published 24 articles in JCR journals, 30 articles in scientific congresses, has participated in several research projects (one as a PI), and one innovation project.

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Optimización energética de muros de contrafuertes

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo en la revista científica Applied Sciences (indexada en el JCR, Q2) un artículo que trata sobre el uso de distintas técnicas heurísticas para optimizar una pasarela de sección mixta hormigón-acero. El trabajo se enmarca dentro del proyecto de investigación DIMALIFE que dirijo como investigador principal en la Universitat Politècnica de València.

La importancia de la construcción en el consumo de recursos naturales está llevando a los profesionales del diseño estructural a crear diseños de estructuras más eficientes que reduzcan tanto las emisiones como la energía consumida. En este trabajo se presenta un proceso automatizado para obtener diseños óptimos energéticos de muros de contrafuertes. Se consideraron dos funciones objetivo para comparar la diferencia entre una optimización de costes y una optimización de energía incorporada. Para alcanzar el mejor diseño para cada criterio de optimización, se ajustaron los parámetros del algoritmo. Este estudio utilizó un algoritmo híbrido de optimización simulada para obtener los valores de la geometría, las resistencias del hormigón y las cantidades de hormigón y materiales. La relación entre todas las variables geométricas y la altura del muro se obtuvo ajustando las funciones lineales y parabólicas. Se encontró que la optimización de los costes y de la energía están vinculados. Una reducción de costes de 1 euro lleva asociada una reducción del consumo energético de 4,54 kWh. Para conseguir un diseño de baja energía, se recomienda reducir la distancia entre los contrafuertes con respecto a la optimización económica. Esta disminución permite reducir los refuerzos necesarios para resistir la flexión del alzado. La diferencia entre los resultados de las variables geométricas de la cimentación para los dos objetivos de optimización apenas revela variaciones entre ellos. Este trabajo proporciona a los técnicos algunas reglas prácticas de diseño óptimo. Además, compara los diseños obtenidos mediante estos dos objetivos de optimización con las recomendaciones de diseño tradicionales.

El artículo se ha publicado en abierto, y se puede descargar en el siguiente enlace: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/11/4/1800

ABSTRACT:

The importance of construction in the consumption of natural resources is leading structural design professionals to create more efficient structure designs that reduce emissions as well as the energy consumed. This paper presents an automated process to obtain low embodied energy buttressed earth-retaining wall optimum designs. Two objective functions were considered to compare the difference between a cost optimization and an embodied energy optimization. To reach the best design for every optimization criterion, a tuning of the algorithm parameters was carried out. This study used a hybrid simulated optimization algorithm to obtain the values of the geometry, the concrete resistances, and the amounts of concrete and materials to obtain an optimum buttressed earth-retaining wall low embodied energy design. The relation between all the geometric variables and the wall height was obtained by adjusting the linear and parabolic functions. A relationship was found between the two optimization criteria, and it can be concluded that cost and energy optimization are linked. This allows us to state that a cost reduction of €1 has an associated energy consumption reduction of 4.54 kWh. To achieve a low embodied energy design, it is recommended to reduce the distance between buttresses with respect to economic optimization. This decrease allows a reduction in the reinforcing steel needed to resist stem bending. The difference between the results of the geometric variables of the foundation for the two-optimization objectives reveals hardly any variation between them. This work gives technicians some rules to get optimum cost and embodied energy design. Furthermore, it compares designs obtained through these two optimization objectives with traditional design recommendations.

Keywords:

Heuristic optimization; energy savings; sustainable construction; buttressed earth-retaining walls

Reference:

MARTÍNEZ-MUÑOZ, D.; MARTÍ, J.V.; GARCÍA, J.; YEPES, V. (2021). Embodied energy optimization of buttressed earth-retaining walls with hybrid simulated annealing. Applied Sciences, 11(4):1800. DOI:10.3390/app11041800

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Análisis de ciclo de vida del puente atirantado sobre el río Hun He en Liaoning, China

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo en la revista International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (revista indexada en el JCR, en el primer cuartil) sobre el ciclo de vida del puente atirantado sobre el río Hun He, en Liaoning, China.

El trabajo se enmarca dentro del proyecto de investigación DIMALIFE que dirijo como investigador principal en la Universitat Politècnica de València.

En este trabajo se estudió impacto ambiental de un puente atirantado de tres torres mediante el software openLCA, y se analizaron más de 23.680 grupos de datos utilizando la cadena de Markov y otros métodos de investigación. La conclusión muestra que el control de la contaminación de los vehículos que pasan y la mejora de la durabilidad de los materiales de construcción son la clave para reducir la contribución del carbono.

ABSTRACT

Due to the rapid growth of the construction industry’s global environmental impact, especially the environmental impact contribution of bridge structures, it is necessary to study the detailed environmental impact of bridges at each stage of the full life cycle, which can provide optimal data support for sustainable development analysis. In this work, the environmental impact case of a three-tower cable-stayed bridge was analyzed through openLCA software, and more than 23,680 groups of data were analyzed using Markov chain and other research methods. It was concluded that the cable-stayed bridge contributed the most to the global warming potential value, which was mainly concentrated in the operation and maintenance phases. The conclusion shows that controlling the exhaust pollution of passing vehicles and improving the durability of building materials were the key to reducing carbon contribution and are also important directions for future research.

KEYWORDS

Greenhouse gas; environmental impact; cable-stayed bridge; life-cycle assessment; sustainable construction

REFERENCE:

ZHOU, Z.; ALCALÁ, J.; YEPES, V. (2020). Bridge Carbon Emissions and Driving Factors Based on a Life-Cycle Assessment Case Study: Cable-Stayed Bridge over Hun He River in Liaoning, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(16):5953. DOI:10.3390/ijerph17165953

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Optimización de la energía necesaria para construir puentes losa postesados

Acaban de publicarnos en la revista Technologies un artículo que aplica el algoritmo de recocido simulado a la optimización del coste y de la energía empleada en un puente losa postesado con tablero aligerado. Se resuelve un problema complejo de optimización de 33 variables de diseño. Como resultados interesantes cabe señalar que, en ocasiones, las soluciones de menor coste no son necesariamente las que menos energía consumen. El artículo se ha publicado en abierto y se puede descargar en la web. Aquí tenéis la referencia y el artículo completo.

 

Referencia:

ALCALÁ, J.; GONZÁLEZ-VIDOSA, YEPES, V.; MARTÍ, J.V. (2018). Embodied energy optimization of prestressed concrete slab bridge decks. Technologies, 6(2):43. doi:10.3390/technologies6020043 (link)

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Análisis del ciclo de vida: comparación entre dos puentes postesados óptimos de sección en cajón

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo en la revista del JCR (Q2) Sustainability que compara dos puentes postesados óptimos de sección en cajón atendiendo a su ciclo de vida. Creemos que la metodología empleada puede ser de interés para casos de estructuras de hormigón similares a las presentadas. El artículo forma parte del proyecto de investigación BRIDLIFE “Puentes pretensados de alta eficiencia social y medioambiental bajo presupuestos restrictivos“.

Os paso a continuación el resumen y el artículo propiamente dicho, pues está publicado en abierto.

 

 

Abstract:

The goal of sustainability involves a consensus among economic, environmental and social factors. Due to climate change, environmental concerns have increased in society. The construction sector is among the most active high environmental impact sectors. This paper proposes new features to consider a more detailed life-cycle assessment (LCA) of reinforced or pre-stressed concrete structures. Besides, this study carries out a comparison between two optimal post-tensioned concrete box-girder road bridges with different maintenance scenarios. ReCiPe method is used to carry out the life-cycle assessment. The midpoint approach shows a complete environmental profile with 18 impact categories. In practice, all the impact categories make their highest contribution in the manufacturing and use and maintenance stages. Afterwards, these two stages are analyzed to identify the process which makes the greatest contribution. In addition, the contribution of CO2fixation is taken into account, reducing the environmental impact in the use and maintenance and end of life stages. The endpoint approach shows more interpretable results, enabling an easier comparison between different stages and solutions. The results show the importance of considering the whole life-cycle, since a better design reduces the global environmental impact despite a higher environmental impact in the manufacturing stage.

Keywords:

sustainabilityenvironmental impactlife-cycle assessmentconstruction LCAbridge LCAReCiPe;sustainable construction

Reference:

PENADÉS-PLÀ, V.; MARTÍ, J.V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.;  YEPES, V. (2017). Life-cycle assessment: A comparison between two optimal post-tensioned concrete box-girder road bridges. Sustainability, 9(10):1864. doi:10.3390/su9101864 (link)

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¿Cómo se pueden proyectar puentes de bajo consumo energético?

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Puente de vigas artesa prefabricadas. Fuente: Pacadar

¿Cómo se pueden diseñar puentes pretensados prefabricados en vigas artesa haciendo que el consumo energético para su fabricación y puesta en obra sea el mínimo posible?

Highlights

  • An automated procedure for optimizing the design of structures is presented.
  • There is a parabolic relation between the span length and the minimum energy.
  • The energy reduction has an average cost impact of 3.23€ per square meter of deck.
  • Since both criteria are dependent, 1€ reduction is equivalent to 4 kW h saving.

Abstract

S09596526An automated procedure for optimizing the design of precast-prestressed concrete U-beam road bridges is presented. The economic cost and the embodied energy are selected as the objective functions based on production materials, transport and placement. Heuristic optimization is used to search for the best geometry, the concrete type, the prestressing steel, and the reinforcement for the slab and the beam. The results for both objectives provide improved opportunities to learn about low-energy designs. The most influential variables for the energy efficiency goal are analyzed. The relationship between the span length and the embodied energy is described by a good parabolic fit for both optimization criteria. The findings indicate that the objectives do not exhibit conflicting behavior, and also that optimum energy designs are close to the optimum cost designs. The analysis also revealed that a reduction by 1 Euro can save up to 4 kWh. It is recommended to reduce the reinforcement in the slab as well as increase the volume of concrete in both slab and beams in order to achieve higher energy efficiency. It is also worth noting that web inclination angle should be increased when the depth increases for longer span lengths to maintain the optimum slab span lengths in the transverse direction.

Keywords

  • Heuristic optimization;
  • energy savings;
  • sustainable construction;
  • precast-prestressed concrete structures

 

Referencia:

MARTÍ, J.V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; YEPES, V. (2016). Structural design of precast-prestressed concrete U-beam road bridges based on embodied energy.Journal of Cleaner Production, 120:231-240. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.02.024(link)

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Towards sustainable civil engineering works using precast concrete solutions

CV ARTICULOMost of the achieved advances related to define standardized methodologies to quantify the contribution to “sustainabilize” the construction are linked to buildings rather than infrastructures, and much more in particular to housing. Global impact on housing is the widest and highest one, gathering the three sustainable axis: environmental (greenhouse gas emissions derived from heating or cooling to reach indoor comfort  conditions), social (home is a basic need for families) and economic (it usually represents the main expense over the life of people). Meanwhile civil engineering work has not evolved as long on this topic. Although we generally refer to greater constructions, sustainable impacts are more diffused and don´t have such a direct repercussion into the citizens and daily life. For this reasons, there are not as many assessment methods for civil engineering works as there are for buildings, or even any literature regarding this field. Therefore it may implies a technical and promotional handicap to promote a higher use of precast concrete elements in a sort of constructions governed by engineers that usually appreciate better their performance advantages. This article pretends to describe the strengths that precast concrete construction will have into the upcoming standards for civil engineering works, in order to enhance their possibilities to reach a greater market share. Sustainable indicators on current draft standards will be assessed.

Reference:

López-Vidal, A.; Yepes, V. (2015). Towards sustainable civil engineering works using precast concrete solutions. Concrete Plant International, 5: 18-24. (link)

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CO2-Optimization Design of Reinforced Concrete Retaining Walls based on a VNS-Threshold Acceptance Strategy

Esta es la versión post-print de autor. La publicación se encuentra en: https://riunet.upv.es/handle/10251/28631, siendo el Copyright de la American Society of Civil Engineers.

El artículo debe ser citado de la siguiente forma:

Yepes, V.; Gonzalez-Vidosa, F.; Alcalá, J.; Villalba, P. (2012). CO2-Optimization Design of Reinforced Concrete Retaining Walls Based on a VNSThreshold Acceptance Strategy. JOURNAL OF COMPUTING IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. 26(3):378-386. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000140.

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