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Does Compressing Australian Suburbia Achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development?


Fay, MR and Lamb, R and Holland, G, Does Compressing Australian Suburbia Achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development?, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 19, (3) pp. 218-230. ISSN 0738-0895 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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It has been claimed that urban consolidation contributes to ecologically sustainable development by reducing embodied and operational energy demands, by, among other things, reducing lot and house size. Using typical built examples, the energy embodied in the construction of three smaller scale detached, semi-detached, and attached two-story Australian house types have been calculated and compared to larger detached houses. It was found that, in proportion to area, the embodied energy of each type is similar, with little difference between each of the smaller scale types and larger detached houses. While "compressed suburbia" satisfies general urban consolidation benefits such as increasing density, its contribution to ecologically sustainable development is problematic.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Other built environment and design
Research Field:Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fay, MR (Professor Roger Fay)
ID Code:26181
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2012-06-25
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