15146 Sustainable Urban Development

This subject provides an introduction to the triple bottom line of environmental, economic and social sustainability in urban development, particularly in relation to ecologically sustainable development. The concepts of eco-footprints and assessment methods for sustainable building and precinct developments are discussed as benchmarks for evaluating sustainability performance. Physical constraints on development including landform, hydrology and ecology are introduced. The causes and urban effects of global warming are analysed. The nature of social and economic sustainability and sustainable urban development are covered, including rating tools for sustainable building and precinct developments, sustainable transport, water sensitive urban design, sustainable energy use, and sustainable practices in national and international case studies. The feasibility of alternative methods for evaluating sustainability strategies is discussed.

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