File(s) under permanent embargo
Evaluation of housing developments for sustainability using a multi-criteria approach
conference contributionposted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ursula De JongUrsula De Jong, Robert Fuller, Yolanda EstebanYolanda Esteban, Susan AngSusan Ang, James Coulson
New housing developments in Australia, particularly on Greenfield sites on the edge of existing urban centres, need to be sustainable in environmental and social terms if long term problems are to be avoided. Sustainability is multi-dimensional and existing analyses have been found to be inadequate in assessing housing developments holistically. This paper describes research which has used five criteria (energy use, resource use, neighbourhood character, neighbourhood connectivity and diversity), representing 31 indicators, to assess three housing precincts of a regional city in southern Australia. The method has been found to produce useful assessments of sustainability. The method has the potential to inform future housing developments and to be used to improve existing suburbs.