The energy efficiency of private rented student accommodation in Portsmouth

Arthur, Paul (2010) The energy efficiency of private rented student accommodation in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It is important to first explain why there is a need to undertake this research and complete this study. In the second year of university after leaving halls of residence it was necessary to select a house for living in with five friends. Little or no regard was taken into consideration for the energy performance of any of the homes that were viewed including the one that was chosen to live in. After moving in, it was apparent that the house had very little energy performance properties and was highly energy inefficient. We subsequently had very high gas bills, for example one quarterly gas bill was over £400 and lived in discomfort throughout the winter months with the home being so cold. After making a few enquiries to the Landlord letting agency they had no duty to provide anything to make the home more efficient but could supply the energy performance certificate of the home. Being students it was not possible to afford to have the heating on much and suffered as a result. This dissertation will show how energy efficient privately rented student accommodation is in Portsmouth. When completed will be shown to the University Student Housing group as well as various letting agencies used by students in Portsmouth to promote a change in attitudes and highlight how important it is for students to consider the energy performance properties of homes before renting a home.

    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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