WIT Press

Barriers To Sustainable Suburbs

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD051042

Volume

84

Pages

10

Published

2005

Size

342 kb

Author(s)

N. Wales & E. Mead

Abstract

Under the rapid technological advancement within the building industry and booming economic conditions regionally it has been an ideal environment for the uptake of environmentally sustainable development (ESD) and progressive urban planning practices. Then why is there considerable lag in the implementation of new ESD technologies and master planning practices that address important issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation within building, design and construction? This paper is the result of localised research into the perceived and real barriers preventing broad adoption of ecologically sustainable development practices in the Australian land development context. Through this investigation a consistent theme exposed the lack of regulatory direction and training of industry players, including local government planners and building contractors. The industry shortfall has lead to a wide gap between best intentions and actual built results. This paper offers insight into a common dilemma of local government development applications not offering guidance aimed at delivering higher standards of sustainability within built form outcomes. Keywords: Sustainable development practices in local government, sustainable land development practices, energy efficiency in sub-divisions, solar suburbs. 1 Introduction At this point in history the industrialized world is confronting significant challenges with rapid climate change and resource depletion. Scientific research concludes the inevitability of having to alter our current pattern of consumptions and waste production in order to prevent further environmental detriment. Wealthy nations are presently in a period of unprecedented self-indulgence and

Keywords

Sustainable development practices in local government, sustainable land development practices, energy efficiency in sub-divisions, solar suburbs.