Tackling sustainability within existing buildings: the case of post-war houses, 1945-1980

Kantawala, Abbas (2010) Tackling sustainability within existing buildings: the case of post-war houses, 1945-1980. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research project attempts to analyse whether existing homes in the UK can be sustainably viable for the future in term of energy efficiency. This research in particular investigates post-war homes as majority of them are classified as ‘hard to treat’. It is therefore a priority to understand whether energy efficiency measures can be implemented within these homes in order for them to be energy efficient. Firstly, the research began with a literature review highlighting and examining climate change and the way it affects existing buildings. The gaps in the research gave opportunity to further investigate post-war homes and its energy efficiency. However, the information gathered was not comprehensive enough. Therefore, three research methods were used to conduct primary data. Face-to-face questionnaires were conducted with 50 post-war home owners in order to establish the level of awareness in terms of sustainability and what to find out what energy efficient measures were already present within these homes. Case studies indentified different methods of micro-technology that could be implemented including the breakdown of the cost’s associated with these measures. Finally, primary observation research was conducted on a selected post-war home to investigate the energy performance of the home. After completing thorough research the main outcome of the conclusion is yes, a post-war home can be made more sustainable to last for the foreseeable future by achieving a reduction of carbon by 75%. However, the primary data demonstrates that homeowners lack the awareness and incentive to implement energy efficient measures.

    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
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1037

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