Energy efficient house construction: making it a standard UK practice

Piggott, Alex (2008) Energy efficient house construction: making it a standard UK practice. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Climate change is a global problem and therefore demands a united solution. With the UK taking a lead role in the combat on carbon emissions it has set itself ambitious domestic targets. One of these targets is the implementation of sustainable development in the housing sector. This paper aims to identify the key factors that drive housing developers to build sustainably, the current difficulties impeding the uptake of energy efficient forms of development and what factors would allow a change in the way the construction industry is currently practiced. The study at the outset concentrated on the collection of data on the issue of climate change, residential carbon dioxide emissions, the history of the UK’s sustainable development strategy and the current frameworks setting sustainable construction standards. Also analysed are a collection of possible sustainable building techniques of which the government may need to reflect upon in an attempt to successfully achieve the required targets. Primary research included the completion of a survey in an attempt to investigate both developers and the local planning authorities experience and views towards sustainable forms of construction. The conclusion gives a presentation of the findings from the surveys which illustrate in the main that developers are motivated towards progress in the building of energy efficient homes. The three main barriers that are currently affecting successful implementation are mainly related to cost, lack of knowledge and unreliable technologies. In summary the general recommendations on how the UK government could best overcome these barriers are drawn attention to as are where to locate further materials on how to raise understanding.

    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

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