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Hi,

Could somebody have a look at this paragraph?

Policy XYZ deals with new larger scale developments, defined as developments comprising 10 or more dwellings, or taking place in sites of more than 0.5 hectares, if the number of dwellings is not given. Those developments are expected to adhere to principles of sustainable energy design, pursuing first energy saving through building design and energy-efficient technologies, then meeting the remaining demand utilising renewable energy, and, only as a last resource, fossil fuels or grid electricity.

Is it correct? Would it be understood?

Thank you in advance!
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Hi,

Policy XYZ deals with new larger scale developments, defined as developments comprising 10 or more dwellings, or taking place in sites of more than 0.5 hectares, if the number of dwellings is not given. Those developments are expected to adhere to principles of sustainable energy design, pursuing first energy saving through building design and energy-efficient technologies, then meeting the remaining demand utilising renewable energy, and, only as a last resource, fossil fuels or grid electricity.

I suggest that you need to simplify these sentences. eg -

Policy XYZ deals with new larger-scale developments, defined as developments comprising 10 or more dwellings, or taking place in sites of more than 0.5 hectares if the number of dwellings is not given. Those developments are expected to adhere to principles of sustainable energy design. They are expected to pursue first-energy savings through building design and energy-efficient technologies, and to meet the remaining demand by utilising renewable energy. Only as a last resource, they are permitted to use fossil fuels or grid electricity.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you, Clive!

You're always very kind and helpful.
Hi Clive

0.5 hectares Why 0.5 hectares? Shouldn't it be 0.5 hectare? 0.5 hectare = half a hectare. I stand corrected.
Hi Yoong Liat,

0.5 hectares Why 0.5 hectares? Shouldn't it be 0.5 hectare? 0.5 hectare = half a hectare. I stand corrected.

Idiomatically, it's written as 0.5 hectares.

If I wrote '0.5 hectare', I'd want to write it as 'a 0.5 hectare'. But I'd prefer to write it as half a hectare, as you did.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi Clive

Thanks for the explanation. I didn't know that idiomatically it should be 0.5 hectares.
If I wrote '1 hectare', I'd want to write it as 'a 1 hectare'?
No, you would write "a hectare," since that indicates there is one with no further explanation needed.
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