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Assessing the Sustainability of Housing in English Towns

Morgan, M and Cruickshank, HJ Assessing the Sustainability of Housing in English Towns. In: People and the Planet 2013, 2013-7-2 to 2013-7-4, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia|�. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Striving for sustainability in England�s housing stock is desirable, but the recent focus by both government and academia on energy efficiency in housing, while important, limits the scope investigation to a subset of sustainability issues. While detailed sustainability assessments have been made of individual developments, they are too onerous to be performed at the town/city scale. This paper examines a possible method for assessing the sustainability of the urban housing stock within a town by using existing national datasets to improve accessibility. The range of different sources includes contemporary and historical maps, census data, data on the physical properties of houses, and other socio-economic data. Using a combination of GIS software and a relational database, the method can highlight areas with potential problems and scope for improvement at the neighbourhood scale. This paper uses Welwyn Garden City and its surrounding urban area as a case study to test the method and demonstrates how it can be applied to any other English town.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:36
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 05:38
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