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Tools for Measuring Progress towards Sustainable Neighborhood Environments

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Curtin University of Technology, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Architecture/ Interior Architecture, GPO Box U 1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia
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Curtin University of Technology, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Planning, GPO Box U 1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia
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Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 612-627; https://doi.org/10.3390/su1030612
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)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: measurement tools; urban sustainability; housing sustainability measurement tools; urban sustainability; housing sustainability
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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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