With UK Government targeting one million new homes by 2020, how far do structural insulated panels go to provide affordable, eco-friendly housing?

Macdonald, Jack (2016) With UK Government targeting one million new homes by 2020, how far do structural insulated panels go to provide affordable, eco-friendly housing? BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    There is currently a housing crisis in the UK. The average house prices in England have increased 166% since 1999 due to a continuously growing population, and a lack of sufficient housing. There is a need for a large number of new homes to be built as quickly as possible to ease this current housing crisis. The UK housing sector contributes 132 million ton of CO2e annually (Cuellar-Franca & Azapagic, 2012, p. 99), this accounts for 23% of all total GWP emissions produced in the UK. A Life Cycle Assessment was performed on 4 model building envelopes; Traditional Masonry, and 3 Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) with varying thermal transmittances. From the results gathered in this LCA, it has been predicted that environmental impacts associated with the housing sector could be reduced by up to and in excess of 21%, if the housing sector was to move to incorporate the use of SIPs through the benefits of higher air permeability rates. This rate could be further increased due to the benefit of easily obtainable higher thermal transmittance values through increasing the thickness of the insulating core of SIPs.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 13:51
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 13:51
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21682

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