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An Education in Resiliency in Sydney

Urban Systems Modeling Process is Helping Macquarie University Plan for the Future

Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus (Sydney) is in the strategic development stages of a 25-year infrastructure and capital works program, which includes the growth of more than 460,000 square meters in gross floor area and more than 3,000 student accommodations. The university’s strategy is to integrate academic and teaching facilities within a broader range of land uses, exploring new ways to look at energy supply and distribution while achieving cost-effective and sustainable campus development. Key factors under consideration are energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and cost implications, all of which are relevant to reaching sustainability targets.

 
The urban systems modeling process has the capacity to link urban development with a range of sustainability options and outcomes, allowing for better decision making in urban design and development. 

CDM Smith and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology Sydney) have partnered to deliver the university’s energy supply and distribution strategy. We will be applying the urban systems modeling process, developed by CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions, to develop and test a range of infrastructure, technology and design scenarios. Leveraging the modeling process' dynamic, integrative and participatory process, testing scenarios will compare and measure the effects of capital expenditure, operating expenditure and greenhouse gas emissions. The analysis will also allow us to test the resilience of the design options to energy demand or price shocks.

The analysis has the capacity to link urban development with a range of sustainability options and outcomes, allowing for better decision making in urban design and development. It also helps demonstrate the potential to cost-effectively meet energy needs and sustainability targets through integrated urban design and development. Currently, the focus is on energy; however, there is capacity to use the analysis to assist Macquarie in achieving their wider sustainability targets.

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