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Rating System for Civil Infrastructure Projects Released

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), an independent non-profit entity set up by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Public Works Association (APWA) has released a new infrastructure rating system called Envision™. The new rating system is intended to provide a project assessment tool that analyzes not only how infrastructure projects are delivered but also takes into account how long they last, accounting for durability, flexibility, and utility of the constructed works. According to ISI, the rating system is intended to provide designers, decision-makers and the public with the tools to evaluate and rate infrastructure projects against the needs and values of the community, recognizing efforts that replenish and restore natural resources. The Envision System is intended to evaluate infrastructure throughout its full life with rating systems for design and planning, construction, operations, and decommissioning phases. This initial release of Envision™ addresses the design and planning phase; subsequent phase ratings will follow.

Additional information on the Envision rating system can be found at http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/.