Barriers and incentives to achieving zero-carbon homes by 2016: a house builders's perspective

O'Riley-Lynn, Alex (2010) Barriers and incentives to achieving zero-carbon homes by 2016: a house builders's perspective. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    To achieve its legally binding 80% carbon emission reductions by 2050, in coincidence with its housebuilding targets, the UK government announced in 2007 environmental improvements of all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. This project seeks to identify the barriers developers are faced with when building zero-carbon homes. The project then will examine the incentives provided to encourage developers to construct such homes in the lead up to 2016 in order establish if the target is achievable and realistic. Through questionnaires to a range of developers nationwide and interviews with key professional stakeholders, the research found that there are significant institutional, economic, cultural and technological barriers facing developers building zero-carbon homes. It was also revealed that there are inadequate government incentives available to encourage the supply of thousands of zero-carbon homes per year needed in the lead up to 2016. As a result many of the problems developers are facing now will still be present come 2016 and as such developers believe that the target is totally unachievable and unrealistic, especially in coincidence with the government’s affordability and housebuilding targets. Due to the many barriers facing developers, a lack of desire was noticed from them to build zero-carbon homes. In addition developers attitudes towards the legislation was clear, they believe that the government should be more concerned about reducing emissions from its existing stock as opposed to new build. It was also fair to conclude that for successful implementation by 2016 there is a need to educate the public to increase awareness and understanding of zero-carbon.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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