An investigation into the constraints which affect the inclusion of low energy homes to the volume housing market

Passow, Matthew (2008) An investigation into the constraints which affect the inclusion of low energy homes to the volume housing market. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this research is to examine the constraints which affect the inclusion of low energy homes to the volume housing market. The research will attempt to identify the single most influential factor which restricts the development of low energy homes on a large scale. A literature review examines the subject of low energy homes through the variety of factors that affect it. It critically analyses environmental policy, building regulations and the tools which are used to measure domestic energy efficiency. The literature review highlights the need for the research to be undertaken. The primary research is split between three sections. Firstly, case studies are used to examine cost, performance and design issues pertaining to two developments. The findings from the case studies identifies that it has been possible to build homes to a better standard than the building regulations require for many years. However increased performance comes is achieved through varying degrees of cost. Questionnaires to the public and property developers make up the second section of the primary research. Through the analysis of the questionnaires it is possible to note significant constraints and trends which affect the development of low energy homes. The findings from the first two sections are underpinned by an interview with Rick Wilberforce. He identifies his concerns for the inclusion of low energy homes to the volume housing market and provides his opinion on what action needs to be taken to address the issue. The research concludes with cost being at the forefront of the constraints. It highlights that cost has an underlying effect on virtually all other aspects that restrict the development of low energy homes.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/949

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