A Case Study Based Cradle-to-Grave Environmental Assessment of Low-Impact-Development (LID) Stormwater Management Approach

dc.contributor.advisorBradford, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorBhatt, Akul
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-25T16:29:27Z
dc.date.available2018-01-25T16:29:27Z
dc.date.copyright2017-12
dc.date.created2018-01-19
dc.date.issued2018-01-25
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeEngineeringen_US
dc.description.abstractThe thesis focuses on the life cycle impacts of a low-impact-development (LID) parking lot retrofit, designed to manage stormwater, at the IMAX headquarters in Mississauga, ON. The retrofit consisted of three bioretention cells and three permeable pavement systems (PPS) placed in parallel, which were instrumented for performance monitoring. Over a 3-year period, 53% – 99% volume reduction was achieved, which also lead to a substantial reduction in effluent pollutant loads. A cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment (LCA) of the systems and site was performed, and the life cycle impacts were compared to those of a traditional detention pond of an equivalent treatment capacity. The life cycle impacts of LIDs, compared to the pond, were ~20% lower, and the LIDs’ benefits from stormwater treatment were ~300% higher. Further work is needed to quantify the benefits of LIDS on aquatic and plant life associated with mitigating changes to flow, thermal and sediment regimes.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/12323
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectstormwater management (SWM)en_US
dc.subjectlife cycle assessment (LCA)en_US
dc.subjectlow impact development (LID)en_US
dc.subjectbioretentionen_US
dc.subjectbioinfiltrationen_US
dc.subjectgreen infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectpermeable pavement systems (PPS)en_US
dc.subjectcarbon footprinten_US
dc.titleA Case Study Based Cradle-to-Grave Environmental Assessment of Low-Impact-Development (LID) Stormwater Management Approachen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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