Issues addressed by VSL include guaranteeing a long design life and providing durability with low maintenance requirements in civil construction projects.
In the construction industry, sustainability focuses on economic and environmental aspects: the life cycle cost of structures, environmental-friendly construction materials, energy efficiency and resource consumption, as well as construction and demolition waste management. Increasing importance is also being given to the efficient, effective and responsible operation of businesses and buildings, including decommissioning and de-construction. In particular, the replacement of key infrastructure such as bridges and roads is becoming increasingly difficult due to issues such as traffic disruption, site access and congestion and public nuisance. The construction industry therefore has to find ways of building that minimise the impacts throughout construction, the structure’s life and its eventual decommissioning or replacement. Typically, this involves guaranteeing a long design life, and generally providing durability with low maintenance requirements, issues addressed by VSL.