• SAG - Special Activity Group: Sustainability

    Special Activity Group on Sustainability

  • SAG - Special Activity Group on Sustainability

    Special Activity Group on Sustainability

Motivation

In 2020, many countries, including the EU and Japan, declared their commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. This movement has gained momentum, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 100 countries now involved. Despite the significant CO2 emissions of the concrete sector, concrete remains an essential material for human prosperity. To achieve sustainability goals, the world will require concrete structures with minimal CO2 emissions in the near future. Clients and taxpayers may begin to demand that designers, constructors, and owners quantify the CO2 emissions of their projects properly. In this context, the fib must be prepared to lead the change in the structural concrete community. It is essential that the fib shares its knowledge and provides proper methodological approaches to enable a reliable assessment of the environmental impact of concrete structures.

Scope and objective of technical work

To achieve its goal, the SAG will focus on three objectives:

  • Establishing a comprehensive database of environmental impact data for structural materials used in concrete structures. The SAG will prioritize data related to the construction stage, but will also develop a strategy to manage data from the operational and maintenance stages, as well as the dismission stage. The data platform will need to be continuously maintained by collecting new data and updating existing data, with a focus on different lifecycle stages in different geographical areas. The SAG will source this data from manufacturers, designers, associations, and other institutions.
  • Defining a reliable methodological approach to support designers in quantifying the environmental impact of concrete structure projects. The methodology will be based on LCA principles and focus on the requirements and performance of structures. The approach will be easily implementable and usable in the design process, with a common set of indicators and proper metrics established to compare data and allow for the definition of benchmarks. The methodology may also identify a Product Category Rule, according to the ISO 14000 series, to enable designers to produce EPDs for individual concrete structures.
  • Identifying the best tools and knowledge to guide the decision-making process towards optimal structural solutions in terms of environmental impact while still satisfying expected structural and functional performances. The SAG will suggest proper optimization strategies and procedures and identify best practices for different structures, in various market conditions and geographical areas.

 

Domenico AsproneCommission Chair
Domenico Asprone
Deputy Chair
TBT

 

Analysis of bearing walls for Leman School 230228 SAG2

 

  • TG.SAG.1 - fib Database

    The TG.SAG.1 aim to establish a comprehensive database of environmental impact data for structural materials used in concrete structures. The TG.SAG.1 will prioritize data related to the construction stage, but it will also develop a strategy to manage data from the operational and maintenance stages, as well as the dismission stage. The data platform will need to be continuously maintained by collecting new data and updating existing data, with a focus on different lifecycle stages in different geographical areas. The TG.SAG.1 will source this data from manufacturers, designers, associations, and other institutions.


    Costantino MennaConvener
    Costantino Menna

    First name Last name Country Affiliation
    Costantino Menna Italy University of Naples Federico II
    David Fernández-Ordóñez Switzerland fib
    Domenico Asprone Italy University of Naples Federico II
    Kasperi Pirttikoski Finland Ramboll Finland
    Ruben Paul Borg Malta University of Malta
    Priyanshu Gandhi India RGPV BHOPAL
    Chiara Passoni Italy University of Bergamo
    Elisabetta Palumbo Italy -
    Monica Capasso Italy Department of Architecture

  • TG. SAG.2 - Sustainable Concrete Structures

    The TG.SAG.2 aims to contribute to global carbon neutrality by 2050 through the further development of design practices for concrete structures. The objectives of TG.SAG.2 are:

    • Identifying the best practices and optimal structural solutions in terms of environmental impact, fit for various market conditions and geographical areas, while exploring a full range of material, structural, and technological innovations to enhance the sustainability of concrete structures.
    • Enabling performance-based design of sustainable structures in a life cycle perspective and consistently implementing the fib Model Code safety philosophy across a wide range of innovative solutions
    • Identifying the best tools to guide the decision-making process towards optimal structural solutions in terms of environmental impact, while meeting the desired structural, functional, and economic performance requirements

    Through the dissemination of best practices and methodologies, we aim to facilitate knowledge exchange and foster collaboration among stakeholders in the construction industry. Through enabling performance-based design of concrete structures, we will offer a more rational, efficient, and tailored approach to structural engineering, enabling designers to customize the design objectives based on the specific needs of the structure and its intended use. Through integrating multiple aspects of sustainability into the decision-making process, we will guide designers towards optimal structural solutions that minimize negative environmental consequences while meeting the necessary structural, functional and economic performance criteria. Ultimately, this will empower industry stakeholders to embrace innovative solutions for concrete structures and enable the collective commitment of industry professionals towards the goal of creating sustainable concrete structures that contribute to a more sustainable built environment.

    The TG.SAG.2 is complementary to TG.SAG.1 and will carry out its work in a collaborative process involving all relevant fib Commissions and Task Group. Additionally, interaction will be sought with the relevant expert groups within RILEM and JCSS, and the outcomes of TG.SAG.2 activities will be shared with GLOBE (Global Consensus on Sustainability in the Built Environment).

    Agnieszka BigajConvener
    Agnieszka Bigaj

    First name Last name Country Affiliation
    Agnieszka Bigaj-van Vliet Netherlands TNO - Buildings, Infrastructures and Maritime
    David Fernández-Ordóñez Switzerland fib
    Kasperi Pirttikoski Finland Ramboll Finland
    Ruben Paul Borg Malta University of Malta
    Petr Hajek Czech Republic Czech Technical University in Prague
    Beatrice Belletti Italy Univ. degli Studi di Parma - Engineering and Architecture
    Marco Davolio Italy Politecnico di Milano
    Davide diSumma Belgium Ghent University
    Liberato Ferrara Italy Politecnico di Milano
    Domenico Asprone Italy University of Naples Federico II
    Karen Scrivener Switzerland EPFL
    Giovanni Plizzari Italy University of Brescia
    Diego Lorenzo Allaix Netherlands TNO Neitherlands
    Akio Kasuga Japan Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd
    Albert De la Fuente Spain Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
    Arianna Minoretti Norway Statens vegvesen
    Carola K. Edvardsen Denmark Cowi AS
    Francesca Marsili Germany Helmut-Schmidt-University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
    Irene Josa United Kingdom University College London (UCL)
    Jean Michel Torrenti France Univ Gustave Eiffel
    Marco di Prisco Italy Politecnico di Milano
    Michael Haist Germany Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Robby Caspeele Belgium Ghent University
    Søren Hansen Denmark COWI SA
    Stefanie Von Greve-Dierfeld Switzerland TFB Technology and Research for Concrete Structures
    Stuart Matthews United Kingdom Matthews Consulting
    Sylvia Kessler Germany Helmut-Schmidt-University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
    Tomas Plauska Netherlands Consolis
    Venkataramana Heggade India Indian National Academy of Engineers
    ab van den bos Netherlands NLyse
    Harald Müller Germany SMP Ingenieure im Bauwesen GmbH
    Jan Bujnak Slovakia Peikko Group
    José Campos e Matos Portugal University of Minho
    Jörg Unger Germany Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM
    Alessandra Marini Italy University of Bergamo
    Alfred Strauss Austria Univ. Bodenkultur Vienna
    Cyrille Dunant United Kingdom Cambridge University
    Davide Lavorato Italy Università Roma Tre, Italia
    Konrad Bergmeister Austria Univ. Bodenkultur
    Ladin Camci United Kingdom CARES (Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels)
    Patrizia Bernardi Italy University of Parma
    Ramon Hingorani Norway NTNU
    Simone Spagnuolo Italy University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
    Simone Stürwald Switzerland Private
    Tor Martius-Hammer Norway SINTEF AS
    Jaime Gálvez Ruiz Spain Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
    Andrew Minson United Kingdom GCCA
    Vanderley John Brazil USP
    Chiara Passoni Italy University of Bergamo
    Alice Sirico Italy -
    Giovanni Muciaccia Italy Politecnico di Milano
    Vazul Boros Germany AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

First name Last name Country Affiliation
Domenico Asprone Italy University of Naples Federico II
David Fernández-Ordóñez Switzerland fib
Kasperi Pirttikoski Finland Ramboll Finland
Vittoria Borghese Italy Università degli studi roma tre
Camillo Nuti Italy Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Sylvia Kessler Germany Helmut-Schmidt-University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
Akio Kasuga Japan Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd
Albert De la Fuente Spain Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Ladin Camci United Kingdom CARES (Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels)
Agnieszka Bigaj-van Vliet Netherlands TNO - Buildings, Infrastructures and Maritime
Jaime Gálvez Ruiz Spain Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Stefanie Von Greve-Dierfeld Switzerland TFB Technology and Research for Concrete Structures
Simone Stürwald Switzerland Private
Liberato Ferrara Italy Politecnico di Milano
Tor Martius-Hammer Norway SINTEF AS
Venkataramana Heggade India Indian National Academy of Engineers
Adriano Castagnone Italy -
Fulvio Parisi Italy University of Naples Federico II
Costantino Menna Italy University of Naples Federico II
Tomas Plauska Netherlands Consolis
Fabrizio Moro Switzerland -
Davide Lavorato Italy Università Roma Tre, Italia
Jörg Unger Germany Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM
Paolo Negro Italy European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Adriano Reggia Italy -
Jan Olsen Norway CCL Norway AS.
Silvia SANTINI Italy -
Patrizia Bernardi Italy University of Parma
Beatrice Belletti Italy Univ. degli Studi di Parma - Engineering and Architecture
Ruben Paul Borg Malta University of Malta
ab van den bos Netherlands NLyse
Fatemeh Jalayer Italy University of Naples Federico II
Harshavardhan Subbarao India Construma Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.
Chiara Passoni Italy University of Bergamo

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