Comparative assessment of sustainable building indicators in the UK and Malaysia

Poon, Danielle (2016) Comparative assessment of sustainable building indicators in the UK and Malaysia. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study focuses on the factors that define sustainable building in the UK and Malaysia. This was achieved by using a triangulation research method which is incorporated with the questionnaire, case studies and based on a wide literature review. The literature review focuses on the rating systems, regulations, sustainable designs and further reviews on the sustainable building indicators in both countries. From this, the questionnaire was written in order to collect data from the professions in the UK and Malaysia on what defines sustainable building between two countries. The case study was conducted to assess the similarities and differences between building sustainability in the respective country. Analysis of the results have indicated that both the UK and Malaysia define energy efficiency and emissions of greenhouse gases as sustainable building, however, UK is more likely to require efficient heating whereas Malaysia defines sustainable building as efficiency cooling and natural lightings. The main reason for this was that the climate was different in the two countries; the UK having a temperature climate (typical weather being wet and windy), whereas Malaysia has a tropical climate where it is hot and humid. Furthermore, the findings show that the difference cultural would affect the building sustainability in Malaysia while is it not applicable in the UK.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 12:47
    Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 12:47

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