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Life-Cycle Costs of New Construction Materials



M A. Ehlen


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.
Journal of Infrastructure Systems


Ehlen, M. (1997), Life-Cycle Costs of New Construction Materials, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, [online], (Accessed April 13, 2024)
Created December 1, 1997, Updated February 17, 2017