Can a Victorian home ever be made eco-friendly?

Rogers, Mathew (2008) Can a Victorian home ever be made eco-friendly? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world, at the current demolition rate the average house will need to last for 1000 years before it is replaced (Energy Saving Trust, 2007). It is therefore a priority to ensure that the energy performance of existing homes in particular inefficient homes such as Victorian is maintained and in line with modern standards. This research therefore sets out to identify whether or not a Victorian home can be made eco friendly. Research initially began in the form of a literature review to examine the way in which housing affects the environment with particular reference to climate change, gaps were identified in the current research which opened up the opportunity to conduct further research on Victorian homes. Three research methods were used to conduct primary research: case studies identified key features of an eco friendly Victorian home, questionnaires and an interviews were conducted with 52 Victorian home owners to establish which energy saving techniques have been implemented and to identify what incentives would encourage adoption of such techniques. Finally a questionnaire and interview was conducted with 11 estate agents to investigate what impact energy efficiency will have on the value of a Victorian home. The main conclusion was that a Victorian property could be made eco-friendly, to the extent where carbon emissions are reduced by 87%, however many Victorian home owners are not inclined to follow suit as currently there seems to be no real incentives offered. Recommendations include increasing government incentives, introduction of a progressive tax benefit scheme and restructure the home information pack.

    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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