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A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing

Esteban, Y., Ang, S., Coulson, J., Mellersh-Lucas, S., de Jong, U. and Fuller, R. 2011, A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing, in ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-8.

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Title A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing
Author(s) Esteban, Y.
Ang, S.
Coulson, J.
Mellersh-Lucas, S.
de Jong, U.
Fuller, R.
Conference name Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. Conference (45th : 2011 : Sydney, N. S. W.)
Conference location Sydney, N. S. W.
Conference dates 17-19 Nov. 2011
Title of proceedings ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) Hyde, R.
Hayman, S.
Cabrera D.
Publication date 2011
Conference series Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher ANZAScA
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) sustainability
housing
multi-criteria
evaluation
Summary Residential housing is often evaluated against single or at best a limited number of similar criteria. These include quantifiable indicators such as energy use and its associated greenhouse gas emissions. It might also include material consumption from an embodied energy or resource use perspective. Social factors or qualitative indicators may be evaluated but are rarely placed or juxtaposed alongside these quantifiable indicators. A one-dimensional approach will be limiting because sustainable development includes both environmental and social factors. This paper describes the methodologies that have been developed to assess housing developments against five quite different criteria. These are: energy use, resource use, neighbourhood character, neighbourhood connectedness and diversity. In each case, high and low sustainability practice has been identified so that ranking is possible. These methodologies have then been tested by evaluating a typical precinct (approximately 400 m by 400 m) of a 1970-80s housing development in a suburb of Geelong. The rankings of the particular precinct have then been combined in a visual way to assist in the evaluation of the housing in a more holistic way. The results of this evaluation method are presented, along with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies. The research is the outcome of collaboration by a cross-disciplinary group of academics within Deakin’s School of Architecture and Building.
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ISBN 9780958122139
Language eng
Field of Research 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, ANZAScA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042298

Document type: Conference Paper
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