Wednesday, March 29, 2006

ePod: Environmentally Sustainable Housing

My third suggestion on how to celebrate Canberra's centenary in 2013 is to investigate the construction of low cost, high quality, environmentally efficient housing in Canberra.

This would be based on developments such as "City Edge" at O'Connor (where I live), which includes a mix of private and community housing, specially adapted apartments for the disabled, solar power and heating, advanced computer controlled energy systems and broadband access. Some further steps which City Edge does not have could include online assistance to residents for apartment worm farms and solar powered car pools. The car pools could be used by group houses for the disabled, as well as the rest of the residents.

Pilots for this would be set up in Canberra and the results discussed at a global conference in Canberra in 2013. By 2013 students, researchers and companies would be attracted to Canberra as a world center for responsible urban design.

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