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    "Sustainable development" is a relative term: it is development that moves us from the present state towards a more nearly sustainable state. Cement-production releases almost 5% of the world�s annual emissions of greenhouse gasses. Roughly half of this is released during the calcining of limestone (CaCO3) to produce lime (CaO). Could this carbon footprint be reduced by replacing some of the lime with fly-ash (the residue of coal-burning power stations)? Does fly-ash concrete have long term properties that are as good as conventional concrete? Will the phasing-out of coal-fired power stations jeopardize the supply of fly-ash? This case study applies the 5-step method described in the Tool Kit for exploring proposals for sustainable development.

    Here you can find more information on the 5-step methodology for sustainability assessment of technological proposals (Ashby et al., 2015) and the package with templates and handouts for group work: Teaching Package: Active-learning ToolKit - Sustainable Development

    Cost, Design, Legislation, Materials, Processes, Project, Selection, Sustainability, 2017

    Author/s | Institution: Mike Ashby | Granta Design | 2017
    Format | Language | Year : ZIP | English | 2017
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