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

Dorothee Wolf, Alison Duffy, K. V. Heal

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    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 publicationProceedings of the 2015 International Low Impact Development conference
    EditorsMichael Barrett
    Place of PublicationReston
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9780784479025
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015
    EventInternational Low Impact Development Conference 2015: LID: It works in all climates and soils - Houston, United States
    Duration: 19 Jan 201521 Jan 2015


    ConferenceInternational Low Impact Development Conference 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • Infrastructure
    • Stormwater management
    • Sustainable development


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