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SP0012u1: Sydney’s ‘Third City’ – strategic planning for advanced climate mitigation and energy consumption

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Scientia Professor Mat Santamouris, UNSW
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In response to questions raised by the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), this project will investigate and analyse climate mitigation and energy consumption for the planned ‘Third City’ - - the emerging, Western Parkland City around the new airport -  at two distinct scales:

At the mesoscale, investigate and analyse:

a)     The specific climatic conditions in the Third city during 2038 and 2050 considering the impact of the global climate change and the increase of the density of the urban built form

b)     The impact of that climate change and increasing urban density on energy using building optimisation techniques

c)      The potential impact of the major mitigation technologies singly and in combination under the above conditions.

d)     The use of new methods to consider geographic environments to estimate more accurately major mitigation technologies in the neighborhood using mesoscale modelling

e)     The impact of the considered mitigation technologies and of their contribution to energy consumption and heat related mortality.

At the building scale, investigate and analyse:

a)     The impact of climate change and future urbanisation on the energy consumption of buildings

b)     The optimum future urban design to improve the urban microclimate given the expected increase of the ambient temperature caused by the global and local climate change.

c)      The optimum design of future buildings in order to best respond to the changing climatic conditions.

d)     The best methods to optimise the added value of local energy conservation measures applied in buildings.

These activities will result in a comprehensive set of reports for presentation to the GSC primarily but also to OEH and the affected local governments through the Resilient Sydney initiative led by the City of Sydney.