Sub-tropical high-density, low rise residential buildings: case study 3

Sanders, Paul S., Lee, Gini, Shutter, Leigh, Taylor, Mark, Murphy, Rebecca, & Blackwell, Susi (2009) Sub-tropical high-density, low rise residential buildings: case study 3. [Design/Architectural Work]

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The case study 3 team viewed the mitigation of noise and air pollution generated in the transport corridor that borders the study site to be a paramount driver of the urban design solution. These key urban planning strategies were adopted:

  • Spatial separation from transport corridor pollution source. A linear green zone and environmental buffer was proposed adjacent to the transport corridor to mitigate the environmental noise and air quality impacts of the corridor, and to offer residents opportunities for recreation

  • Open space forming the key structural principle for neighbourhood design. A significant open space system underpins the planning and manages surface water flows.

  • Urban blocks running on east-west axis. The open space rationale emphasises an east-west pattern for local streets. Street alignment allows for predominantly north-south facing terrace type buildings which both face the street and overlook the green courtyard formed by the perimeter buildings.

The results of the ESD assessment of the typologies conclude that the design will achieve good outcomes through:

  • Lower than average construction costs compared with other similar projects

  • Thermal comfort; A good balance between daylight access and solar gains is achieved

  • The energy rating achieved for the units is 8.5 stars.

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ID Code: 47769
Item Type: Creative Work (Design/Architectural Work)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Subtropical Design, Low-rise Residential Buildings, High Density
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 The Authors
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2011 22:06
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 23:20

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