Instructions for the Individual Project- Part 2
Select a 10 ha (315 m x 315 m) area of a developed urban land. It could be in any of the urban areas within Australia. Use Google Maps/ Earth to select the area. Use measure distance option to mark the area. Google map must be included in the report. Also, include the coordinates of the four edges/ corners. For the selected area, obtain the terrain layout. Terrain layout can be used to work out the drainage lines of your selected urban land. The instructions for obtaining the terrain are provided in “Instructions for the Individual Project”.
Number of residential and commercial properties: Identify and count the number of residential and commercial properties in the selected area.
Develop a typical residential house design which satisfies BASIX (include BASIX certificate in one of the appendices of your report). Use the materials provided in Week 3 to pass the targets for water, thermal comfort and energy.
Use GAbi to estimate the embodied energy. While the range of materials, structures, unit sizes are wide, simplification can be made by considering one of the residential and commercial units as an example, and assume that all other units are constructed with the same materials, size, and specifications; or by only including the main building components and elements. Considering a typical floor plan for the units, determine the quantity of materials required for main elements and components of the structure, and subsequently prepare the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) table. Follow the LCA steps to assume the scope, boundary, functional unit, etc., and then use GaBi to calculate the embodied energy for the property. Use Excel to compute all the quantities, similar to the one done for water in Week 7/8.
Estimate the operational energy required. Assume a number for the residents in each unit or the number of total households in the selected area to calculate the operational energy (similar to Tut 1 questions).
Estimate the overall energy required to sustain the urban centre over a period of 50 years. Considering the amount of embodied and operational energy, estimate the overall energy over a period of 50 years. Assume the building lifetime of 50 years for the calculation of embodied energy.
Use MUSIC to estimate the total runoff that is generated from the area. Follow the instructions in Weeks 6 and 7 for using MUSIC software. Rainfall data for the MUSIC must be obtained from the nearest rainfall station. Rainfall data for the station can be obtained from www.bom.gov.au.
Identify WSUD technologies that can be adopted for the urban area that is chosen. The materials provided in Week 8 can be helpful to address this item.
Develop a water balance for the urban area (in…
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