Establishing an optimal range of density for sustainable urban form

Vasquez, Victor and Byrd, Hugh (2012) Establishing an optimal range of density for sustainable urban form. In: Fragmented Futures: the built environment in a volatile world, 4th-5th December 2012, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

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Density and energy are strictly related in our modern society and the
discussion about the most suitable range in urban form is under constant debate. Proposals
of optimum density are currently manage on the basis of fossil fuels and imported energy.
This paper aims to find an optimal range of density for sustainable urban form when posing
neighbourhoods able to generate their own housing energy needs on-site. Solar energy has
been considered as the main source to generate essential needs able to maintain a typical
household, such as: space heating demand, domestic, transport fuel and food energy.
Findings suggests that in the specific case of the Talca, the case study, a range up to 30
households per hectare is able to achieve its energy self-sufficiency according their own
annual energy consumption and after having taken measures to reduce that consumption.

Keywords:density, energy, urban form, Sustainability
Subjects:J Technologies > J910 Energy Technologies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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ID Code:9420
Deposited On:13 May 2013 09:35

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