New TIMBRE article on Brownfield Prioritization Tool

26.10.2015 19:27

Timbre Brownfield Prioritization Tool to support effective brownfield regeneration

A research team from UNIVE, IOG and UFZ, lead by Lisa Pizzol from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics & Statistics from the University Ca' Foscari of Venice in Italy, has published an article on Researchers from UNIVE, IOG and UFZ have published an article presenting the TIMBRE Brownfield Prioritization Tool, which is to support effective brownfield regeneration in Europe in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Until 13 December 2015, you can download the article here: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1RwPX14Z6tLcsg

In the last decade, the regeneration of derelict or underused sites, fully or partly located in urban areas (or so called “brownfields”), has become more common, since free developable land (or so called “greenfields”) has more and more become a scare and, hence, more expensive resource, especially in densely populated areas. The authors claim that although the regeneration of brownfield sites can offer development potentials, the complexity of these sites requires considerable efforts to successfully complete their revitalization projects and the proper selection of promising sites is a pre-requisite to efficiently allocate the limited financial resources.

The identification and analysis of success factors for brownfield sites regeneration can support investors and decision makers in selecting those sites which are the most advantageous for successful regeneration. The objective of the authors has been to present the Timbre Brownfield Prioritization Tool (TBPT), developed as a web-based solution to assist stakeholders responsible for wider territories or clusters of brownfield sites (portfolios) to identify which brownfield sites should be preferably considered for redevelopment or further investigation.

Lisa Pizzol and her colleagues introduce the prioritization approach, which is based on a set of success factors properly identified through a systematic stakeholder engagement procedure described in recent TIMBRE publications. Within the TBPT these success factors are integrated by means of a Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methodology, which includes stakeholders' requalification objectives and perspectives related to the brownfield regeneration process and takes into account the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environmental dimensions).

The tool has been applied to the South Moravia case study (Czech Republic), considering two different requalification objectives identified by local stakeholders, namely the selection of suitable locations for the development of a shopping centre and a solar power plant, respectively. The application of the TBPT to the case study showed - as the authors conclude - that it is flexible and easy to adapt to different local contexts, allowing the assessors to introduce locally relevant parameters identified according to their expertise and considering the availability of local data.

Follow this link to the article in sciencedirect. For the final published version, refer to the following reference:

Pizzol, L., Zabeo, A., Klusáček, P., Giubilato, E., Critto, A., Frantál, B., Martinát, S., Kunc, J., Osman, Bartke, S. (2016). Timbre Brownfield Prioritization Tool to support effective brownfield regeneration, Journal of Environmental Management 116, 178-192, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.09.030

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