Measuring Sustainability Performance For A Multiunit Residential Development Case Study In Sydney

Central Queensland University
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Conference Proceeding
Conference Proceedings AUBEA 2016, 2016, pp. 647 - 659 (13)
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Multiunit residential development numbers are on the rise close to Sydney Central Business District (CBD) as more people are choosing to live in apartments. Energy efficiency and water savings in these developments are significantly important to develop sustainable communities of future. This paper selects and examines a large multi-dwelling residential estate case study in an eastern suburb of Sydney, located approximately within eight kilometres radial distance from Sydney’s CBD. Based on the electricity and water usage data, current electricity consumption for common areas and water usage for gardens are estimated. Three key sustainable options examined are: potential onsite renewable electricity generation from roof solar PV installation; techniques for reducing swimming pool heat loss and to maintain year wide adequate water temperature and roof rainwater harvesting potential. Associated costs are examined to comprehend useful energy and water efficient solutions. Recommendations suggest that solar PV installation, using an appropriate swimming pool cover and rain rainwater collection from the roof could meaningfully improve overall sustainability performance of the selected case study.
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