Research has assessed the plans to step back upper storeys of buildings and break up city blocks in Christchurch with courtyards and lanes to improve environmental and energy performance.
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We can no longer afford to ignore the need for quality medium density multi-storey residential developments in our main centres.
New research suggests installing photovoltaics on roofs and driving electric cars could transform low-density suburbia from a high-energy consumer to an energy provider for the city.
In April, Beacon led a study tour to North America looking at successful examples of medium-density development. Some of the approaches they saw have potential here.