LANHAM, MARYLAND — The third installment in the Sustainable Asphalt Pavements: A Practical Guide series, Procuring and Evaluating Sustainability, was released recently, outlining how public projects are starting to incorporate and reward sustainable construction practices.
The 14-page book issued by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and authored by Stephen T. Muench, Ph.D., P.E. of the University of Washington and Adam J.T. Hand, Ph.D., P.E. of the University of Nevada, Reno, is being released over the course of 2019.
The first two volumes, Sustainability Overview and Sustainability Specifics, are already available, and the fourth will be released in November.
Asphalt pavements can help projects earn points in all the major green construction rating systems, either through the use of recycled materials, the provision of environmental product declarations (EPDs), or with porous asphalt pavements, among other properties, states a release issued by NAPA.
The series was developed with the support of the Federal Highway Administration through the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program.
Each volume in the series is accompanied by a webinar explaining how the concept of sustainability can be applied in asphalt pavement production and road construction.
The webinars and books are available for free through www.AsphaltPavement.org/PracticalGuide.
“Owner agencies are looking to incorporate sustainability into their projects, whether it’s green construction rating systems, like LEED or Greenroads, or through procurement policies. This short guide looks at how asphalt pavement mixture producers can help owners meet their sustainability goals,” said Joseph Shacat, director of sustainable pavements for the NAPA, in a statement.
“Understanding how owners are looking to make their roads, parking lots, and other projects more sustainable is important and ‘Procuring and Evaluating Sustainability’ works with the rest of the Practical Guide series to ensure producers understand how green construction rating systems can be leveraged to harness the sustainable aspects of asphalt pavements.”