Delivering sustainable communities: A case study in China

Xia, Bo, Wu, Tian, Skitmore, Martin, Chen, Qing, Li, Mei, & Zuo, Jian (2016) Delivering sustainable communities: A case study in China. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6(3), pp. 253-267.

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Abstract

Purpose

  • China’s accelerated urbanization leads directly to pressure on the urban environment. This research aims to identify best practices involved in a real sustainable community projects for the experience to be replicated in future.

Design approach

  • A case study was conducted on the 'Linked Hybrid' in Beijing, China. The case study involved both document analysis and semi-structured interviews. The document analysis was conducted on project information sheets, reports and the results of a survey of the residents. The interviews on the other hand were conducted with key practitioners involved in the project.

Findings

  • The findings identify the green technologies and strategies used in the project planning and design process. The social considerations of the project development are also recognized in providing comfort, convenience and safety for their residents. Furthermore, the research highlights the fact that sustainable communities can incur less operational costs compared with traditional ones and therefore provide a feasible option for clients with a greater capability for upfront investment.

Originality/significance

  • The results of the research provide valuable references for developers in the development of sustainable communities in both China and other countries.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 96476
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1108/BEPAM-07-2014-0032
ISSN: 2044-124X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2016 23:03
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 01:42

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