An appraisal of low carbon refurbishment options available for private and social property: a case study of Portsea.

Newcombe, James (2013) An appraisal of low carbon refurbishment options available for private and social property: a case study of Portsea. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This Dissertation is an appraisal of low carbon refurbishment options available to properties in the Portsea area. The study is applicable to the existing housing stock in the UK; a case study of Portsea was undertaken to focus on property from different eras. The study is valuable in that it promotes green living and contributes to reducing carbon emissions, a source of global warming. Refurbishment options to reduce carbon emissions are analysed and applied to the case studies; the scope of the study is wide in this respect. As a result of refurbishment, aspects such as energy savings and enhancement of a property’s capital value are evaluated. So is that of financial incentives for homeowners and developers to go green.

    The findings of the study are measured against both; the cost of refurbishment and the reduction in carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of the properties in Portsea are noted alongside a percentage decrease post – refurbishment. A conclusion would depict that substantial carbon savings are achievable at a reasonable price; the benefits expand further through energy savings and improved quality of living for residents. The case studies are hypothetical scenarios, a limitation to the study is that only one route for refurbishment is appreciated. An important finding is that the case studies do achieve impressive carbon savings, if renewable technologies were not included the carbon savings would still be substantial. This is encouraging for those retrofitting their home who cannot afford these measures.

    Professionals from Portsmouth City Council provided sound advice and recommendations for refurbishment projects. A range of case studies in recent years, especially those at the Building Research Establishment form a base for this research study. To achieve a Zero Carbon Britain by 2050, the government must devise a plan to assist the refurbishment of the existing housing stock.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 15:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34

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