The effect on investment and commercial enterprises in the UK construction industry as a result of increased awareness of embodied energy during construction

Dennison, Alexander (2015) The effect on investment and commercial enterprises in the UK construction industry as a result of increased awareness of embodied energy during construction. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    With the passing of the Climate Change Act of 2008 the UK government stated that by the year 2050 the UK’s net carbon account would be reduced by 80%. In the process emissions were to be capped over five year periods and interim policies designed to support this goal were introduced. The aim of this dissertation was to assess the extent to which commercial and investment enterprises in the UK construction industry understand embodied energy and the significant role its effective management will play in achieving these targets.
    To aid in this research it was necessary to focus on three primary areas - the state of the UK economy and its impact on investment in construction; the understanding (and resulting attitudes) of stakeholders and the current degree to which embodied energy management is practised. In the process of investigating these issues the author considered research undertaken to date and carried out a qualitative literature review. In addition an online survey was conducted to assess the current level of awareness amongst clients and industry professionals. The study revealed that embodied energy (and therefore its management) has yet to be fully understood and that strong leadership and clear incentives are essential and expected by the relevant stakeholders if achieving the full potential of embodied energy management in reducing carbon emissions is to be realised.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 14:43
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 14:43
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18820

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