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Margelli F, Rossi S, Cheval S, Georgiadis T. Water and energy interaction in urban planning. Bolletino Geofisico, XXXII(3-4), pp. 55-78, 2009.

Abstract: Water and Energy are key resource flows within the Urban Environment and research is becoming more and more aware of their interaction and its importance within the context of urban sustainability. In this paper is presented a conceptual model, PLEW - Planning Energy And Water In The Urban Environment, that will undertake a mapping of the different parameters involved in urban usage of energy and water and their representation within a tool for planners and policy makers, suitable for strategic planning and scenario exploration. In particular, PLEW is capable to quantifying both the physical and economic parameters of water conservation and efficiency options to assist urban areas to achieve more efficient water and energy use. The tool integrate, inter alia, information on microclimate, land-use, population, meteorology/climatology, water cycle and economics, so the PLEW Model will investigate water management options suitable for energy saving. Using water, through appropriate energy-aware urban planning (from building cooling to the urban green), will allow the planning of more sustainable cities from both energy and a citizens' quality of life point of view.

Keywords: urban environment, water and energy, urban planning


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