An integrated design approach for sustainable community development

K. Max Zhang, Robert J. Thomas, Martha Bohm, Marc L. Miller

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Abstract

This paper presents our study in designing a 700 acre low-energy community on the Island of Hawaii. This study was an interdisciplinary collaboration among engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and business management. We took an integrated approach, which encompasses reducing energy demand, optimizing on-site renewable energy generation, implementing an efficient energy distribution system as well as effective energy management, and conserving natural resources. Technologies and their system integration were modeled and analyzed including solar photovoltaics, battery and compressed air energy storage, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, demand response, microgrid, energy aggregator, passive and deep source cooling, microclimate and alternative landscaping. Various business models were developed. We showed that, with careful planning, it is feasible for a low energy or net zero energy community to become environmentally friendly and economically profitable at the same time. This community will benefit its residents, developers, investors, the utility company and the rest of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2009Jan 9 2009

Other

Other42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period1/5/091/9/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Zhang, K. M., Thomas, R. J., Bohm, M., & Miller, M. L. (2009). An integrated design approach for sustainable community development. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS [4755532] https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2009.67