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The vision for the project is to provide guidelines and tools for municipalities, regional and central authorities, as well as for professionals and the public, for assessing consequences and impacts of different housing development options, taking into account energy need, environmental impact and costs over the lifecycle - not only for the buildings, but also for surroundings, infrastructure and transport. Different settlement patterns bring along different impacts, not only caused by different building types, but also by embodied energy within the buildings, energy and investment needed for infrastructure, operating cost for public services and generated traffic. Many of these issues are not (or only to a minor degree) addressed by existing policies or guidelines. The main challenge for addressing the whole picture of consequences and impacts connected to different settlement patterns is the total lack of data for embodied energy required for infrastructure. Based on the data to be developed for embodied energy, the project will estimate the annual proportion of embodied energy in the building and the associated infrastructure and outdoor facilities. Furthermore, the building's operational energy will be calculated. This will be conducted for different typical buildings and settlement densities, which in addition will be used to model the residents' energy needs for transport, as well as for estimation of investment and operating cost for infrastructure and also of the energy need and cost for operation of services. In parallel to the these analyses the project will examine how framework conditions such as regulations, subsidies, tax incentives and households' preferences affects individuals' housing demand and location decisions. Policy recommendations will be an outcome of both the environmental and economical assessments and this framework examination. The online tool will be based on the technical and economical assessments and underpin the recommendations.

CAMARO-D aims at a cross-border riverine and flood risk management in the Danube river basin. The Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB) is an "external partner" in this project focusing on the topic spatial planning and flood risk management. Regarding the Austrian conditions IRUB provides the following expert contributions: - Peer review of land use practices and their impacts - Review of best management practices - SWOT analysis of existing policy instruments - Report of applicable recommendations in the field of spatial planning - Transnational adaptation plan for integrated land-use management - Synthesis report of joint standards for function oriented landuse management and spatial planning within the Danube River Basin - Reviewed and fine-tuned guiding tool as a framework for the Land Use Development Plan Furthermore IRUB provides contributions to the Pilot Action "Flood risk management in the Enns valley in Styria" focusing on the management of flood retention areas in the Enns valley and on the integration of surface run-off hazards in local land use planning.

In the course of the OEREK partnership "flood risk management" policy recommendations concerning spatial planning and flood risk management based upon the OEROK recommendation Nr. 52 were elaborated. Subject of this project are explanations aiming at specifying the contents of the recommendations and clarifying the terminology applied. These explanations are necessary because the recommendations are usually very concise.

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