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Erratum published on 26 September 2017, see Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1736.

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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 843; doi:10.3390/su9050843

Assessing Environmental Impact Indicators in Road Construction Projects in Developing Countries

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Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
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Structural Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
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Integrated Engineering Design Management Program, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
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Building, and Construction Department, Faculty of Engineering, 6 October University, Giza 12585, Egypt
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Academic Editor: Xiang Li
Received: 22 February 2017 / Revised: 8 May 2017 / Accepted: 8 May 2017 / Published: 17 May 2017
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Abstract

Environmental pollution is considered to be one of the main concerns in the construction industry. Environmental pollution has become a major challenge to construction projects due to the huge amount of pollution caused by construction projects. There are different types of environmental impact indicators, such as the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, eutrophication potential (EP), acidification potential (AP), human health (HH) particulate, ozone depletion, and smog. Each of these environmental impact indicators can be linked to different phases of the construction projects. The overall environmental impact indicators can be divided into direct, indirect, and operational emissions. This paper presents a Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based methodology for the assessment of environmental impacts in road construction projects. The model takes into account the overall life cycle of the road construction project, which is divided into: manufacturing phase, transportation phase, construction phase, maintenance phase, operational phase, recycling phase, and deconstruction phase. A case study is presented to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed model. The proposed model solves a major problem for road construction project teams who want to assess the environmental impact indicators associated with their project prior to the start of the execution of their projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability assessment; environmental impact indicators; building information modeling (BIM); primary energy; construction project sustainability assessment; environmental impact indicators; building information modeling (BIM); primary energy; construction project
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Marzouk, M.; Abdelkader, E.M.; El-zayat, M.; Aboushady, A. Assessing Environmental Impact Indicators in Road Construction Projects in Developing Countries. Sustainability 2017, 9, 843.

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