Improving Sustainability Decision-making Information at Neighbourhood Level: A New Framework for Performance Assessment Based on China’s Small Residential District

By Wu Deng, Deo Prasad and Paul Osmond.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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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.

Keywords: Neighbourhood Sustainability, Decision Information, Building Rating System, Material and Energy Accounting, Chinese Small Residential District

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.235-252. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.125MB).

Wu Deng

PHD Candidate, The Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Wu Deng is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales Australia.

Dr. Deo Prasad

Professor and Director of Sustainable Development Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Professor Deo Prasad is the director of Sustainable Development Program in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales Australia.

Paul Osmond

Course coordinator, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Paul Osmond is a course coordinator within the Sustainable Development Program in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales Australia.

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