Performance of sustainable buildings: a case study of Somerstown Community Hub, Portsmouth

Andrews, Callum L. (2016) Performance of sustainable buildings: a case study of Somerstown Community Hub, Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The primary objective of this dissertation is to gauge the perceived success and performance of the newly constructed Somerstown community hub (SCH) situated in Portsmouth in respect to Sustainable Development (SD). The case study delves into the considerations made towards the three ‘pillars’ of sustainable development comprising of Economy, Society, and the Environment and how these elements are interconnected. SD is a ubiquitous topic that is widely debated amongst nations, the construction industry as a collective have the means to dramatically alleviate the damage currently being caused to the environment whilst contributing to the social and economic dimensions of SD.
    The main objectives of this dissertation is to;
    1. Define the term sustainable development (SD) in regard to construction.
    2. Evaluate Somerstown and North Southsea Area Action Plan (SAAP).
    3. Explore barriers to sustainable development within UK Construction.
    4. Evaluate resident’s perceptions of SD in regard to the case study.
    5. Evaluate SD Barriers to SCH
    6. Evaluate energy performance of SCH.
    A wealth of investigatory tools methods were administered in order to obtain the relevant information required. Three individual literature reviews were carried out to satisfy objectives 1-3 that cover SD, SAAP, and barriers to SD. Questionnaires were designed and dispatched to the Somerstown residents to satisfy objective 4, which evaluated their overall perception of the project and how they personally feel the structure has transformed the proximate area. A survey was carried out to satisfy objective five, and finally secondary data was obtained and used in a comparative method for objective 6.
    Overall the results are indicative of the development actively playing a key role in the much needed rejuvenation of Somerstown and North Southsea area promoting a sense of community and actively addressing a magnitude of Social Sustainability criteria, notably an 80% perception of reduced Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) and 52% reduction in Crime since the construction of SCH. The SAAP is seen as aiding the transformation of the area and is also allowing community involvement that is improving relationships between PCC and Somerstown Residents.
    However Key constraints of Environmental Cost and Environmental Legislation is viewed as acting as hindrance to the delivery of the environmental paradigm of SD which reflected in the buildings poor environmental performance for heating.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 09:07
    Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 09:07

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