A comparative analysis method for decision making in the selection of a design for a 2016 zero carbon house

Cavanna, Robert Ian (2013) A comparative analysis method for decision making in the selection of a design for a 2016 zero carbon house. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study created a comparative analysis method tool for establishing the interdependencies of housing design in relation to achieving Zero Carbon housing to fit in with the UK’s proposed 2016 plan.
    Research during the literature review identified that there was a deal of confusion over the actual prospective requirements under the 2016 legislation. It was decided to base the study on achieving the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. It was also found that developers on the whole were not aware of the impacts, or how to implement the Code. This formed the rationale of the project - to produce a tool that would help developers unfamiliar with the Code, to design to the required standards. Also highlighted during the literature review was the large discrepancy between the designed and built performance of buildings - which was likely to hinder the introduction of Code compliant homes, as they were assessed on the built performance. It was decided that the tool would attempt to address this problem, whilst not being strictly related to design, was also a stumbling block in the way of implementing zero carbon housing in 2016.
    The tool followed the format of a Quality Function Deployment which serves to identify design consideration interrelations, and leant itself towards highlighting Quality control methods- which goes some way to addressing the performance discrepancy issue. The tool used a weighting system that was derived from the CSH assessment weighting system The draft tool was then assessed and reviewed by a sample of professionals in the development industry. They offered their opinions and criticism. This data was used to produce the final draft of the matrix tool. The main trend through all the responses was the more familiar with Code the respondent was, the less useful the tool would prove to them. There was also a marked interest in the quality control stage - several of the respondents would like to see this tool developed further, with the full Building Regulations integrated into it.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2014 09:12
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15181

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