An investigation into the public's perception of sustainable homes

Hearn, Rebecca (2011) An investigation into the public's perception of sustainable homes. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The UK has set targets to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% by 2050. The residential sector accounts for 14% of carbon emissions. This research aimed to determine whether consumers are ready to live in sustainable homes, assessing their attitude towards sustainable living.

    The research initially focused on global warming and the effects of climate change. It them aimed to establish public perception and availability of sustainable homes.
    The investigation involved a questionnaire survey which examined public attitude towards sustainable lifestyles and knowledge of sustainable homes, interviews were also conducted.

    After analysis all the data collected against the research objectives, conclusions and recommendations were made, showing that there needs to be a change in attitude before there is an increase in demand. The public are concerned about global warming and the effects. However, they need to be educated that living in a sustainable home is no different to a traditional one. If sustainable homes are to become a success, initiatives need to be put in place to make sustainable living a natural process.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 16:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5372

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