Sustainability and Risk Engineering

Sustainability and Risk Engineering Instructions for the Major Project Select a 10 ha (315 m x 315 m) area of a developed urban land. It…

Sustainability
and Risk Engineering

Instructions
for the Major Project

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. This can be done by left clicking
the Menu button and then selecting the “Terrain” (Fig.1).
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”. Use the
drainage lines to divide the area into sub-catchments, if necessary.

In
the report include map, satellite and terrain picture of the selected
area, along with the coordinates of the four corners.

Fig.1.
Location of Menu button in Google maps

Number
of residential and commercial properties: Identify
and count the number of residential and commercial properties in the
selected area.

Use
MUSIC to estimate the total runoff that is generated from the area.
Follow
the instructions 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. Students
must use the lecture materials and relevant references materials.

Develop
a water balance for the urban area (including the inflow and outflow
of water into the urban centre). Use
the water balance equations to describe the flow of water, in and
out of 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 during relevant lectures/ tutorials 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.

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.

Provide
a succinct summary of all the data that was collected and analysed.

Develop
a thought provoking conclusions and recommendations section.

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