Energy efficiency and housing: realigning the thermal comfort criteria in the decent homes standard

Hardy, Thomas (2010) Energy efficiency and housing: realigning the thermal comfort criteria in the decent homes standard. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This report analyses the current Decent Homes Standard (DHS) in order to identify improvements to the energy efficiency component and evaluate the application of these to a three bedroom Victorian terraced house. Research began as a review of literature that analysed the DHS with focus on the thermal comfort criterion of the standard. This demonstrated the thermal comfort criteria as basic, as it only concentrated on two main elements: efficient heating and effective insulation. This led to further research aimed at identifying potential energy efficient measures that could be implemented in order to improve the existing standard. From this it was evident that although the DHS has brought social housing up to a minimum standard for homes, it has failed to cater for low zero carbon technology that will need to be implemented if other schemes are to be achieved. Further research was carried out via self completion postal questionnaires being sent to the head of asset management for each sampled housing association. This was in order to examine the thermal comfort criterion of the DHS and evaluate potential energy efficiency measures applied to different types of housing. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted in order to provide in-depth qualitative data. Furthermore, a case study of the rethinking housing refurbishment project located in Watford was investigated so as to examine best practice energy efficient measures that could be applied to a Victorian terraced home. A combination of the analysis of secondary data, desktop research, and collection and analysis of primary data enabled a sound conclusion to be formed. In conclusion, this study found that the thermal insulation of a building is the most important energy efficiency measure. This is because the cost and practicalities of implementing renewable energy systems to refurbish a Victorian terraced house are difficult.

    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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