Mapping structural engineering strategies for sustainable development

Karel Terwel*, Roy Crielaard

*Corresponding author for this work

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Considering current trends in the Netherlands with regards to sustainability, there is a strong desire at Delft University of Technology to incorporate sustainable structural design strategies in the civil and structural engineering curriculum. Based on literature study and own experiences in practice, a coherent approach was developed, that can help students and practitioners to increase sustainability in their projects. The approach consists of a roadmap with 4 key strategies: increase lifespan of existing structures by reusing them, increase lifespan of existing structural elements by reusing them, design future proof and with a long-life span, and optimise the design for environmental impact. The strategies are explained and illustrated with examples.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventIABSE Congress 2023: Engineering for Sustainable Development - New Delhi, India
Duration: 20 Sept 202322 Sept 2023


ConferenceIABSE Congress 2023
CityNew Delhi
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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project
Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • sustainable structural design
  • environmental impact
  • carbon footprint


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