This “Key Principles and Actions for Sustainable Cities and Communities” (hereafter referred as SUC KPAs), produced in accordance with goals of SUC, will be mainly applied to developing countries. In its early phase, the aim is to support the promotion and implementation of sustainable development of cities and communities in China.
SUC KPAs consist of three sections - Evaluation Criteria, Management Process and Key Action Points”. The SUC KPAs are applicable to both existing built cities and communities in particular to new urban areas and new communities in the future. All the technologies, strategies and projects proposed in the entire SUC KPAs document should meet the national standards of China.
More than half of the world’s human population currently lives in cities and is expected to be increased to three-fourths by 2050. China alone is predicted to add more than 300 million urban inhabitants in the next three decades. This burgeoning urban population growth presents enormous developmental and environmental challenges that need to be addressed by a robust sustainable development framework. Making cities and communities sustainable is essential to achieve sustainable human futures and the Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This document provides a holistic and integrated sustainable development framework for the development of liveable, economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and communities in China. The framework identifies key objectives and principles to achieve urban sustainability and provides specific guidelines for implementation and performance assessment. This framework, which consists of sustainability goals, management process and key action points, will directly assist Chinese cities and Governments in achieving the highest international standards in sustainable cities and communities.
This report is a product of the collaborative research project ‘Validating and Improving the BASIX Assessment Tool for Low-Carbon Dwellings’. Initiated by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the New South Wales Government, this project addresses the policy need for post-occupancy evaluation of the BASIX tool by measuring the actual energy consumption of BASIX-compliant dwellings.
Sustainability assessment tools aim to promote high sustainability outcomes in residential buildings, ensuring less consumption of water, energy and less emission of greenhouse gases. However, existing literature often presents variations between the estimated outcomes from the assessment tools and actual outcomes after building occupation.
Buildings are major consumers of energy for heating and cooling. The number of buildings is growing rapidly with demand for energy. To reduce consumption, governments worldwide have implemented codes, standards, and building practices.
The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) assessment tool estimates the operational energy consumption and GHG emissions from new residential developments based on information available at the building design stage. However, post-occupancy energy consumption can be different from the estimated figures at the design stage.