Arpad Horvath

Research Expertise and Interest

life cycle assessment, LCA, sustainability, green design, buildings, transportation, water, construction, biofuels, energy, environmental management, infrastructure systems

Research Description

Arpad Horvath is the L. E. Peirano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, head of the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Graduate Program, Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and Director of the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate Program

His research focuses on life-cycle environmental and economic assessment of products, processes, and services, particularly answering important questions posed about civil infrastructure systems and the built environment. He has conducted studies on the environmental implications of various products, processes and services, in particular, transportation systems, water and wastewater systems, buildings, concrete and other construction materials, pavements, and biofuels.

In the News

Professor Horvath Elected to National Academy of Construction

Professor Arpad Horvath has been elected to the National Academy of Construction (NAC). Membership "is to be conferred with care on those few, most qualified... to share this reservoir of expertise as a service to the nation." NAC members are recognized for their extensive and diverse expertise, proven leadership, and trusted judgement.

Future of California high-speed rail looks green

A new analysis gives Californians good reason to be optimistic about the green credentials of the state’s proposed high-speed rail project, due to begin construction in 2013 thanks to funding recently approved by state legislators. Arpad Horvath at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mikhail Chester at Arizona State University compared the future sustainability of California high-speed rail with that of competing modes of transportation, namely automobile and air travel.

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