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Abstract

With growing pressure from the public on governments and organizations to address climate change, the term ‘carbon neutral’ has become increasingly used in recent years. Carbon neutral is an emerging definition that relates to measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon energy used by either a building or an organization as a whole. Buildings are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions when they operated by fossil fuel energy resources. Sustainable urban development is essential issue to enhance the quality of life of city residents and to decrease the negative impact of conventional type of energy through using the renewable energy resources. This research discusses the issue of the planning future sustainable cities and how to apply all the innovative renewable energy solutions for construction and operation of these developments. It aims to achieve the criteria of renovation existing conventional neighborhood to be a prototype of carbon neutral urban area and maximize the benefits of sustainable technologies through an integrated planning and design approaches. The research’s case study concentrates on renovating of Sidi Gaber neighborhood and its surroundings in Alexandria city, Egypt as a prototype for a high quality. of life where inhabitants can find the carbon is neutral through applying the sustainable development criteria. Moreover, carbon measurements and residents’ questionnaire are used to achieve the proposed renovation alternatives according to the sustainability criteria.

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