Frontiers of Engineering Management

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 416–432 | Cite as

Case-based reasoning for selection of the best practices in low-carbon city development

  • Zhenhua Huang
  • Hongqin FanEmail author
  • Liyin Shen
Research Article


Cities emit extensive carbon emissions, which are considered a major contributor to the severe issue of climate change. Various low-carbon development programs have been initiated at the city level worldwide to address this problem. These practices are invaluable in promoting the development of low-carbon cities. Therefore, an effective approach should be developed to help decision makers select the best practices from previous experience on the basis of the impact features of carbon emission and city context features. This study introduces a case-based reasoning methodology for a specific city to select the best practices as references for low-carbon city development. The proposed methodology consists of three main components, namely, case representation, case retrieval, and case adaption and retention. For city representation, this study selects city context features and the impact features of carbon emission to characterize and represent a city. The proposed methodology is demonstrated by applying it to the selection of the best practices for low-carbon development of Chengdu City in Sichuan Province, China.


low-carbon city carbon emission best practices case-based reasoning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Building and Real EstateThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina
  2. 2.School of Construction Management and Real Estate, International Research Center for Sustainable Built EnvironmentChongqing UniversityChongqingChina

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