Whole life costs and benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems in Dunfermline, Scotland

D. F. Wolf, A. M. Duffy, K. V. Heal

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Abstract

Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) are increasingly prominent as a solution to many of the performance and environmental problems associated with traditional drainage systems. Questions remain regarding the values of maintenance costs and environmental benefits delivered throughout the useful lives of SUDS. Using the Dunfermline East Expansion area in Scotland as a case study, this study represents a novel approach in that it collects actual maintenance data, assesses ecosystem services, and carries out whole life cost analyses. Findings suggest that SUDS may be accounted as a net asset, although assumptions inherent to ecosystem services assessment methodologies produce a wide range of uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Low Impact Development Conference 2015 - LID
Subtitle of host publicationIt Works in All Climates and Soils - Proceedings of the 2015 International Low Impact Development Conference
EditorsMichael Barrett
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages419-427
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479025
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2015 International Low Impact Development Conference - LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils - Houston, United States
Duration: 19 Jan 201521 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Low Impact Development Conference 2015 - LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils - Proceedings of the 2015 International Low Impact Development Conference

Conference

Conference2015 International Low Impact Development Conference - LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils
CountryUnited States
CityHouston
Period19/01/1521/01/15

Keywords

  • decision support tools
  • ecosystem services
  • operational and long-term maintenance costs
  • Scotland
  • SUDS
  • traditional drainage
  • whole life costs

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