The role of energy decisions on the water consumption of concrete infrastructure

Sabbie Miller

University of California Davis

Sabbie Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis focusing on researching methods for improved materials design procedures to concurrently assess environmental impact and material performance. Application of these methods allows strategic execution of composite design measures and constituent selection techniques. Implementation of these techniques in the design of infrastructure materials could aid in lowering the environmental impacts of the built environment.Sabbie received her Ph.D. at Stanford University from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics in 2014. There her research focused on developing theoretical approaches to material design of biobased composites composed of a microbially-produced polymer and natural fibers. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on incorporating sustainability metrics in the design and proportioning of concrete.


Rapid urbanization and the need for additional infrastructure are resulting in a spike in associated materials demand. Of these infrastructure materials, concrete, the most common man-made material, is displaying the steepest... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sabbie Miller (University of California Davis)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Sustainable consumption and production


MS-16 » Circular Economy and Metabolism of Buildings (14:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room G)

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