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Title: Creating eco efficient township infrastructure projects with the use of green engineering solutions and sustainability criteria
Authors: Saroop, Shian Hemraj 
Allopi, Dhiren 
Keywords: Green Technology;Infrastructure design;Eco-efficiency;Sustainable development;Green infrastructure
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Institute of Municipal Enginering of South Africa
Source: Saroop, S. and Allopi, D. 2015. Creating eco efficient township infrastructure projects with the use of green engineering solutions and sustainability criteria. 79th IMESA Conference. :1-7.
Globally, the construction industry is one of the main contributors to the depletion of natural resources and a major cause of unwanted side effects such as air and water pollution, solid waste, deforestation, health hazards, global warming, and other negative consequences (Harvey and Wayne, 20084).
As we face significant planetary issues such as global warming, it is clear that the engineering profession has a significant part to play in affecting the future of our planet.
In order to stay competitive and to meet upcoming stricter environmental regulations and customer requirements, designers have a key role in designing civil infrastructure so that it is environmentally sustainable. These and other factors have compelled the engineer to design with greater care and in more detail. The changing roles of engineers will be highlighted, in order to react to changes in climate. Mainstreaming environmental aspects and incorporating the eco-efficiency concept into various stages of infrastructure development have not been considered as much as they should have been. Engineers need to look at greener technologies rather than just using traditional engineering solutions. This paper looks at the effects of climate change on infrastructure and the changing role of engineers. It aims to demonstrate the use of sustainability criteria on infrastructure projects.
The use of the proposed criteria would ensure a sustainable design for township infrastructure services through the consideration of scare resources, ecological sensitivity in the design and planning of infrastructure projects.
This paper focuses on the concept of eco-efficiency in infrastructure design that promotes the use of the greener engineering options, enabling him/her to choose the one likely to yield the best performance with the least environmental impact. It looks at a number of recommended green practices on infrastructure services design, that are environmentally sound placing, fewer burdens on the environment.
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