Dwellings and climate change: how can our homes contribute to reducing CO2 emissions?

Devine, Eamonn (2010) Dwellings and climate change: how can our homes contribute to reducing CO2 emissions? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this dissertation was to consider the ways in which our homes can be adapted to meet our future energy needs by looking at ways to firstly, reduce our energy requirements and secondly, produce clean, renewable energy. The international community has now taken note and governments around the world are taking measures to address their impact on climate change. As the UK government takes its first steps toward developing a zero carbon economy with a revolution in how new homes are to be built this dissertation will assess these first steps and comment on how we can move forward from this ambitious if belated beginning.

    The information comprises of a literature review in which secondary data relating to the wider subject has been presented and a primary data section complied using a variety of data collection methods. The literature review provides a wide array of data demonstrating a variety of methods which could be implemented to improve the energy efficiency of dwellings using micro-generation and passive energy systems. In the secondary data it was also demonstrated how the UK pursuing the wider uptake of these systems. The primary data involved a series of semi-structured interviews of mainly professionals and a survey of public opinion regarding energy efficient housing.

    The research showed that overall passive improvements are the most efficient way of reducing energy consumption in homes and that micro-generation systems still require considerable development before they can replace a substantial percentage of conventional energy. Further government intervention was found to be necessary and the problems surrounding cost and the dissemination of knowledge in sustainable development require attention.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 12:17
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1113

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