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Carbon neutral village: The Australian model

Stewart, J., Anda, M., Goodfield, D., Ho, G. and Mathew, K. (2011) Carbon neutral village: The Australian model. In: World Renewable Energy Congress, 8 - 13 May, Linköping, Sweden

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a model for carbon neutral land development as a mechanism to help drive innovation and emission reduction within the built environment sector. The carbon content model is comprised of the following:
    • The greenhouse gas (GHG) embodied in the materials of the buildings and the infrastructure;
    • The GHG emitted during the construction process with different approaches;
    • The electrical power and natural gas used in the buildings for different building types;
    • The transport fuels used in the construction and the on-going use by residents;
    • The GHG produced in the full water cycle
    • The GHG from the solid waste.
    Understanding the interactions between the six elements of the model allows better decarbonisaton options to be developed. Two remote settlement cases are analysed. Firstly for a mine site camp, we introduce the “Smart Camp” digital control and monitoring concept . This includes sustainable village design, heating and cooling reduction, renewable energy, water use and reuse, and landscaping. Secondly, for the remote Aboriginal settlement, we address the need for sustainable livelihoods, including local food production and rangelands forestry and management.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
    Conference Website: http://www.wrec2011.com/
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11099
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