Chula Vista Research Project: Integrating Energy Analysis and Planning at the Neighborhood Scale

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This chapter provides a summary of a research project in Chula Vista, CA, looking at how land use, transportation, urban design features, and building energy technologies can be incorporated into development projects to produce significant energy savings. Researchers modeled these technologies and design features for two development sites in Chula Vista, CA, and assessed their impact on the environment and the existing electric and natural gas utility infrastructure. The integrated use of these technologies was shown to reduce aggregate energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of a large-scale development project by as much as 45% when compared with a Title-24-compliant project. Researchers concluded, however, that fundamental market transformation and program support from state agencies and utilities are necessary to achieve these gains.


Low-carbon communities Energy efficiency Community-scale development Advanced energy technologies Land use Urban design Transportation Density Mixed-use development Urban heat island effect Stormwater runoff Carbon sequestration 4D analysis Building energy modeling Chula Vista Distributed generation District energy Public policy Development industry Green buildings Sustainable urban design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PlaceMattersDenverUSA
  2. 2.PlaceMattersDenverUSA
  3. 3.National Energy Center for Sustainable CommunitiesSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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