New high-performance construction materials are being developed for transporation structures. Economic methods are needed for assessing the life-cycle cost advantages and disadvantages of these new materials relative to conventional materials. This paper provides a step-by-step, project based approach based on life-cycle costing, minimum performance requirements, and cost classification scheme that organizes a construction material's life-cycle cost advantagaes and disadvantages. A case study example of the method analyzes the cost-effectiveness of fiber-reinforced-polyer bridge decks relative to reinforced concrete decks.
Life-Cycle Costs of New Construction Materials, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=907925
(Accessed September 25, 2023)