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Model for Sustainable Urban Design; With Expand...

SKU: GRI-04/0041
Model for Sustainable Urban Design; With Expanded Sections on Distributed Energy Resources

This report describes a model to guide the design of new urban development and redevelopment that will significantly reduce urban energy consumption and enable all American cities to become more sustainable communities. The report also describes the types of technologies that will be needed to achieve the modeled sustainability.
Document Type
Report
Report Type
Final Report
Corporate Source
Gas Technology Institute, Sustainable Energy Planning Office, Des Plaines, IL
Sponsor
Gas Research Institute, Des Plaines, IL; Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pagination
83p
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Summary:
This report describes a model to guide the design of new urban development and redevelopment that will significantly reduce urban energy consumption and enable all American cities to become more sustainable communities. The report also describes the types of technologies that will be needed to achieve the modeled sustainability. The model illustrates how todayís efficient energy, transportation, building, and environmental control technologies and emerging new technologies can enable continued growth and development without the depletion of resources or degradation of the local or global environment. The design promotes the redirection of new urban growth away from ecologically sensitive areas, agricultural lands and open space and towards previously developed areas to reinforce urban vitality and to optimize existing urban infrastructure. Additionally, the design promotes mixed-use urban neighborhoods served by integrated energy generation and environmental quality management systems, and residential, commercial and industrial structures that maximize all energy and material resources. A strategic planning framework for comprehensive community development is provided, along with the principles and elements of sustainable urban design and their application in a design case study for the San Diego-Tijuana Binational Metropolitan Region. (This report is a revision and expansion of an earlier report, GRI-03/0140).
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