The building sector is a voracious consumer of primary materials. Thus, improving resource efficiency is critical to reduce the environmental impacts of constructing and maintaining the built environment. As a result of this challenge, a growing body of research has been investigating where—and for what purposes—construction materials are consumed in cities.
The Sustainable Systems Research Group works to improve the way environmental consequences of infrastructure (e.g., material use, greenhouse gas emissions, land use changes) are defined, measured, and interpreted for research and policy purposes. Our research efforts include:
- The development and analysis of primary material use data for different types of infrastructure such as roads and housing
- Uncertainty analyses on existing methodologies for environmental consequence measuring
- Analyzing policies that regulate and define the goals for infrastructure provision in terms of environmental consequences
Please find a non-exhaustive list of relevant publications below:
A construction classification system database for understanding resource use in building construction
Authors: Guven, Gursans, Aldrick Arceo, Allison Bennett, Melanie Tham, Bolaji Olanrewaju, Molly McGrail, Kaan Isin, Alexander W. Olson, and Shoshanna Saxe.
Published in: Scientific Data 9, no. 1 (2022): 1-12.
Bottom‐up estimation of material stocks and flows in Toronto's road network
Authors: Kloostra, Bradley, Benjamin Makarchuk, and Shoshanna Saxe.
Published in: Journal of Industrial Ecology (2022).
Capturing variability in material intensity of single-family dwellings: A case study of Toronto, Canada
Authors: Arceo, Aldrick, Melanie Tham, Gursans Guven, Heather L. MacLean, and Shoshanna Saxe.
Published in: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 175 (2021): 105885.
Taxonomy of uncertainty in environmental life cycle assessment of infrastructure projects
Authors: Saxe, Shoshanna, Gursans Guven, Lucas Pereira, Alessandro Arrigoni, Tamar Opher, Adrien Roy, Aldrick Arceo et al.
Published in: Environmental Research Letters 15, no. 8 (2020): 083003.