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Dr. Ali Cheshmehzangi

Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Director of Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Talk Title
When sustainable urban energy planning matters: The case of urban housing and floor area ratio variations

Talk Abstract

In any urban planning and design project, Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of the site is a debatable factor across various stakeholders. In many parts of developing world, the increase of FAR for urban housing areas is considered as one of the most remarkable contemporary city transformations. The added pressure is on energy planning aspects of cities and communities. In most cases, urban housing projects have shifted away from low storey single-standing residential units to mid-storey mass housing projects and towards contemporary high-rise residential compounds. The changes in FAR are often very significant and is multiplied over the past few decades. In this study, FAR analysis of meso-scale level is highlighted to shape the argument of integrated urban energy planning system and pathways towards energy use reductions. This study first elaborates on energy and policy implications of FAR. The study will then explore comparative modelling studies of a residential compound, based on a variation of FAR models. This is conducted through a comparative study of urban housing modelling analysis. The discussions are recited around the issues of sustainable energy planning for urban housing. We argue in regard to variation of FARs, their suitability, and the consideration of energy use and reduction measures. The findings highlight some best practices. The study finally demonstrates several scenarios and concludes with impacts of FAR for sustainable energy planning at the community planning level.

Short Biography

Dr Ali Cheshmehzangi is the co-author of two published books titled ‘Designing Cooler Cities’ (2017) and ‘Eco-Development in China’ (2017), as well as a forthcoming book, titled ‘Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change’ (2018). He is the Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment and the Director of Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET). He is also Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, focusing on research and teaching in the fields of sustainable urbanism, urban transitions/experimental city studies, and urban patterns. He is an architectural and urban designer/urbanist by profession, with qualifications, practice experience and research profile in urban design, sustainable urban planning and development. He has recently set-up a new research platform of Urban Innovation Lab (UIL), an R&D set-up focused on three themes of urban data, urban climate, and urban planning and design. More recently, he has worked on a project on smart-eco-cities, a comparative study of city transitions between the EU and China.

Talk Keywords
Sustainable energy planning; Floor Area Ratio (FAR); urban housing; modelling; energy use reduction.
Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
Speaker-intro video

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)