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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 612-627; doi:10.3390/su1030612
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Tools for Measuring Progress towards Sustainable Neighborhood Environments

1,*  and 2
1 Curtin University of Technology, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Architecture/ Interior Architecture, GPO Box U 1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia 2 Curtin University of Technology, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Planning, GPO Box U 1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 9 July 2009 / Accepted: 2 September 2009 / Published: 3 September 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Sustainability and the Built Environment)
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Abstract

Various assessment tools are available to assist designers, developers and regulatory bodies to reduce the negative impacts of contemporary multi-housing subdivision projects in industrialized countries. These tools vary considerably in what and how they measure and how the measurement results are presented and interpreted. This paper is largely a desktop study of subdivision assessment tools developed in Australasia, Great Britain and the United States of America. The paper identified a variety of themes and sub-themes that support assessment tools at both the project design phase and the project operational phase. These themes and sub-themes revolve around one or more of the three pillars of sustainability—namely the environmental, economical and social pillars. The paper firstly compares the themes and sub-themes of the assessment tools and then relates those themes to a set of sustainability targets produced for a proposed inner suburban housing subdivision in Perth, Western Australia.
Keywords: measurement tools; urban sustainability; housing sustainability measurement tools; urban sustainability; housing sustainability
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
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Karol, E.; Brunner, J. Tools for Measuring Progress towards Sustainable Neighborhood Environments. Sustainability 2009, 1, 612-627.

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