community resilience indicators

In Transition Town Totnes’ Energy Descent Action Plan, they refer to community resilience indicators in general and for certain areas of life. I wanted to survey these to use to analyse key points of intervention in transition for my local area.

community resilience indictors

Food

key objectives

  • build and increase the market for local food
  • increase the physical and political infrastructure for local food growing, processing and distribution
  • changes to land legislation, including planning laws to open up land for food production
  • decrease the distance between producers and consumers
  • utilise available resources for urban agriculture
  • produce food with minimal imported materials in a sustainable manner

resilience indicators

  • percentage of population with basic food production skills
  • percentage of population who feels confident working with fresh produce
  • percentage of food consumed locally which has also been grown locally
  • number of people who feel they have good advice, skills and retraining in food production
  • percentage of land (agricultural and urban) under utilisation for food production
  • rates of obesity and chronic heart disease
  • average body mass index

Energy

key objectives

  • clear understanding and awareness of how energy is used
  • major reduction in the use of energy at all levels of society
  • severe reduction in the use of products with high embodied energy
  • high priority for investment of time and finance in energy efficiency
  • recognition of the vulnerability of conventional energy supplies
  • development and provision of renewable energy supplies prioritised and brought on stream
  • rapid reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy
  • equitable approach to the sharing of all resources

resilience indicators

  • percentage of houses with insulation to passivhaus standards
  • percentage of energy produced from local renewable sources to meet local demand
  • percentage of buildings with solar hot water collectors
  • number of people who feel well informed about energy issues
  • number of people concerned about energy security/climate change
  • reaching government target of reducing carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050

Housing

key objectives

  • meet the current highest standard for sustainable buildings
  • design to maximise natural lighting and solar space heating
  • eliminate toxic or highly-engineered materials and energy-intensive processes
  • be independent of fossil-fuel based heating systems
  • design for adaptability and dismantling so as to allow the building to be subsequently adapted for a range of other uses
  • where appropriate, integrate working and living
  • ensure outdoor spaces are south-facing with the minimum of overshadowing so as to maximise the potential to grow food
  • maximise grey water recycling and rain water capture
  • build to address needs not speculation
  • adhere to good spatial planning to benefit communal interaction and shared open space
  • maximum use of locally produced materials (clay, straw, hemp, lime, timber, reed, stone)
  • maximum use of used and recycled building materials, particularly those on site
  • inclusion of water-permeable surfaces rather than hard-paving

resilience indicators

  • percentage of houses that have been retrofitted to the maximum possible standard
  • number of second homes that have been let through the ‘Homes for All’ scheme
  • number of houses with solar hot water panels installed
  • number of builders that have taken ‘Construction in Transition’ training
  • heat emitted from buildings
  • trends in fuel poverty
  • average amount of energy produced by buildings