Research Category: 
Social Planning and Community Development
A quantitative comparison of individual and household GHG emissions across neighbourhoods with contrasting building and infrastructure typologies.

While local and national governments are adopting emissions targets for GHGs, and we have a general sense that higher density urban design results in lower emissions, the relative significance of urban form and building types is unclear.  This research is compiling a lifecycle assessment of GHG emissions at the neighbourhood scale to determine the relative significance of each of the factors, of embodied energy, operating energy, and transportation expenditures.  The ultimate goal of this research is to be able to recommend to community planners a host of urban design strategies that can contribute to lower carbon emissions and greater resilience.