To what extent can Victorian terraced homes be eco-friendly: case study of Portsmouth

Jack, Ghislaine (2011) To what extent can Victorian terraced homes be eco-friendly: case study of Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This report attempts to analyse the current energy-efficiency of Victorian houses focusing on two bedroom terraces in Portsmouth. This was to identify potential improvements that could be made to increase the energy-efficiency and evaluate the application of these to Victorian houses. Further investigation was carried out to examine whether these improvements had any financial benefit to homeowners.

    To begin with, extensive research of secondary data was conducted to examine climate change focusing on carbon emissions in the UK and the different sectors which played a part in this. This demonstrated that residential building in the UK was one of the substantial causes of global warming as it was the fourth largest sector that contributed to carbon emissions. Further research was conducted to analyse the policies set by the government to reduce carbon emissions in the UK. However, it was evident that the majority of policies focus on new builds rather than old buildings. Further research was carried out, aimed at identifying potential energy-efficient systems that could be installed in homes to improve the energy performance.

    Self completion postal questionnaires were sent to a sample of Portsmouth residents, to examine the current energy-efficiency of two bedroom terraced houses and to investigate whether residents would like to improve their current home’s energy performance. Questionnaires were also sent to energy companies and estate agents in Portsmouth in order to identify the feasibility of installing energy-efficient systems to old houses, how cost-effective they are and to examine whether improving the energy-efficiency of homes had any financial benefits to the homeowners. A conclusion could be formed through both the analysis of secondary data, and the collection and analysis of primary data.

    In conclusion, this study found that the residents are concerned with the energy-efficiency of their homes; however, to improve the energy-efficiency of a home is expense and would take a while to recover from the initial costs. It was also found that knowledge of energy-efficient methods and systems is currently limited; therefore the Government needs to start addressing this and reconsider some of the new policies that have been set as the public are not yet interested.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 11:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48

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