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- SourceAvailable from: sciencedirect.com[Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study proposes that the impact of the built environment on the natural environment can be mediated by adopting a sustainable approach to building material selection and specification, particularly when articulated at the design stage of the building process. The aim is to identify the main drivers and barriers to sustainable material specification by built environment design professionals. This study carried out for Cyprus where attempts have been made to uncover the attitudes of Cypriot built environment design professionals towards the natural environment, identify the process employed in specifying building materials, and the extent to which they draw inspirations from the natural environment.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research is to analyse the design approaches towards creating a sustainable and viable environment. The research questions presented in this study are what is the quality of high-rises and their surroundings; what facilities and functions are deployed in the research area; is there an infrastructural capacity to meet higher population density; is there diversity and mix of uses and public spaces. The paper demonstrates that high-rise buildings provided with a complete set of amenities and following successful design principles and practices are a viable typology benefiting its urban setting with a compact form, higher density and aesthetical qualities, enriching and enabling mixed used urban developments.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract This paper presents development of water network model reduction software, Simplifier2. The application can be integrated with other concepts applied to water distribution system or it can be used as a standalone tool for the purpose of the model simplification only. The utilisation of parallel programming techniques and sparse matrices ordering algorithms drastically increased the speed of simplification. Simplifier2 is able to reduce the water network model, consisting of several thousand elements, in less than 1 minute calculation time. Simplifier2 has been already successfully utilised in a number of research and commercial projects.
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