P.Osmond (2011), Towards a sustainability indicator set for Australian cities, 4th International Urban Design Conference “Resilience in Urban Design”.
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) established the “Cities for the Future” project in 2009 to set out in practical terms what impact changes of urban form, land use and transport will have on greenhouse gas emissions,
Deng W., D. Prasad and P. Osmond (2011), Improving Sustainability Decision-making Information at Neighbourhood level: A new framework for performance assessment based on China’s small residential district, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol.7 (2), pp235-252.
Abstract: Generally there are two primary types of assessment approaches for evaluating the environmental impact of the built environment (BE): qualitatively based building rating systems and quantitatively based material & energy accounting methods. Their respective strengths and inadequacies are often discussed and compared in the literature. However, empirical analysis is not used for such comparisons. This study applies both approaches to the BE at neighbourhood scale. The case study focuses on China’s Small residential district (SRD). The objective is to understand what additional decision-making information can be generated by using both approaches. It is concluded that the two approaches complement one another and their simultaneous use can generate more decision-making information for various stakeholders.
Deng W., D. Prasad and P. Osmond (2011), Application of ‘Streamlined’ MIPS Concept to Neighbourhood Development, Journal of Industrial Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2011.00356.x.
Abstract: This article reports a new application of material and energy accounting techniques to characterize and quantify the relationships between material input (and the related energy flows and emissions) and the services provided (i.e., material input per service unit [MIPS]) at the neighborhood level. The case study focuses on China’s small residential district (SRD). It is concluded that linking a service (in this case, residential function) enabled by a given product (neighborhood development) to the amount of materials, energy, and emissions used or produced in creating that product offers a potential way to reduce the environmental impact of that service through more efficient use of materials, enlarged service scales, and improved buying decisions.
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of veranda on the indoor and outdoor airflows of a single-storey building with various opening configurations. Focussing on a wind-driven single-sided ventilation strategy, the investigation suggests that the provision of veranda with a correct combination of openings can improve indoor air flow in single-sided naturally ventilated building. On the other hand, inappropriate veranda configuration together with an incorrect combination of openings can significantly reduce indoor ventilation performance.