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ASCE releases a standard for sustainable infrastructure

  • The standard is intended to guide infrastructure owners to develop and implement sustainable solutions throughout a project's full life cycle

  • The ASCE INSPIRE 2023 Conference will include a session to introduce and explore the ASCE/COS 73-23

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has recently released ASCE/COS 73-23: Standard Practice for Sustainable Infrastructure. This standard aims to guide infrastructure owners to develop and implement sustainable solutions throughout the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects. This framework is a non-mandatory, performance-based consensus that can be used in civil infrastructure projects of any sector and scale.

Professionals working in the infrastructure field —including project owners, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and policymakers, among many others— can implement ASCE/COS 73-23. Implementing the standard will promote mitigation and adaptation toward environmental and climate change threats, provide innovative alternatives to business-as-usual construction practices, balance the economic, environmental, and social impacts, and reduce long-term costs over a project’s life cycle.

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ASCE’s Sustainable Infrastructure Standards Committee

As stated in a publication on ASCE’s website, the development process of this standard began five years ago. The newly released ASCE/COS 73-23 is a product of a diverse group of stakeholders led by ASCE’s Sustainable Infrastructure Standards Committee. This Committee aims to create standards that provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in civil engineering. Cristina Contreras, Founder and Managing Director of Sinfranova, is one of the members of the Sustainable Infrastructure Standards Committee.

ASCE INSPIRE 2023 Conference

From November 16-18th, Arlington (Virginia) will host the ASCE INSPIRE 2023 Conference, whose theme will be Infrastructure Innovation & Adaptation for a Sustainable & Resilient World. This annual event will gather infrastructure owners, practitioners, federal and local agency representatives, university professors, and students interested in developing more resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems. As such, one of the sessions will be devoted to introducing and exploring ASCE/COS 73-23: Standard Practice for Sustainable Infrastructure. 

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