How Ground Improvement Contributes to the Green Building Movement (Woods, 2016)

Owing to the tremendous efforts of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the development of the LEED Rating System, a mechanism has been created to evaluate construction projects from a “green building” standpoint. Using a free, foundation industry-specific carbon calculator tool for this study, the carbon footprint of a theoretical project was evaluated for four separate foundation options on the given site, using consumption data from real projects. Two methods of ground improvement, dynamic compaction and aggregate piers were the first two options considered, the third option was driven pile foundations, and the final option was a full removal of the unsuitable fill material and replacement with imported structural fill.