Does living an environmentally friendly life compromise the standard of living of UK residents?

Marshall, Celine (2007) Does living an environmentally friendly life compromise the standard of living of UK residents? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this research is to ascertain whether living an environmentally friendly life compromises the standard of living of UK residents, further, this is considered in relation to Government policies and property developers to see if and why developers have implemented 'green' design features into their developments. A literature review sets out Government policies on climate change, housing and sustainable development relating the three to changes in the construction industry; particular reference is paid to adjustments in building regulations and quality of life surveys. Environmentally friendly developments are examined in detail assessing both the good and bad qualities with specific reference to brownfield sites. The primary research of this report was conducted through three methods; a case study on an environmentally friendly development, designed to gain an understanding of how 'green' features perform when implemented in a home, interviews with property developers designed to obtain the view point of people involved in the construction industry, and a questionnaire administered to 100 members of the UK public to gain an understanding of the public's attitudes and behaviour towards 'green' features. In-depth conversations with the owner of Linear house gives a good indication of what living in a 'green' house is like with photos to show each individual feature. This is backed up with questionnaires asked to the residents of the house to establish their opinions on living with such 'green' features to find out if they have influenced their quality of life. Interviews with property developers particularly illustrate the trends between income and environmentally friendly houses, also serving to highlight where the Government can increase their involvement with 'going green'. The secondary questionnaires provide an interesting insight into the public's attitude towards 'green' living and gives clear results on whether the Government need to take more action or not. After analysing all the collated data conclusions are found and discussed; the main points drawn upon are (i) the lack of education of the public on environmentally friendly homes (ii) their obvious lack of leadership and (iii) their relaxed attitude to not see any immediate need to change their behaviour.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/434

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