Sustainable Refurbishment in Private Housing (2014)

Sustainable Refurbishment in Private Housing Dissertation – This dissertation aims to look at government initiatives which address the issue of sustainable refurbishment in the UK private housing sector. It also aims to investigate the current understanding and perceptions of architects towards sustainable refurbishment and associated government initiatives. Due to sustainability being topical within industry presently, and the government trying to reduce CO2 emissions, the success of sustainable initiatives may prove vital in reaching an 80% reduction by 2050.

Sustainable refurbishment initiatives are likely to play a significant role in this, therefore any potential issues should be identified in order to be remedied and encourage success. This dissertation sets out to conduct research to determine the current perceptions of architects within the UK construction industry towards sustainable refurbishment. The research conducted will focus on the reasoning behind such perceptions and identify measures which architects feel could drive the uptake of sustainable refurbishment improvements within the UK private housing sector.

Whilst evidence had been gathered initially on architect’s perceptions about sustainable development and related government measures, the lack of primary data sourced highlighted a gap in the published research. The dissertation aim is to examine government initiatives relating to sustainable refurbishment and to gather opinions on their predicted effectiveness. Additionally, gain an insight to what methods industry members would encourage to facilitate the uptake of sustainable refurbishment.

The following objectives provide a framework for which this dissertation will investigate:

  • Investigate current UK government initiatives on sustainable refurbishment for the private housing sector
  • Identify any barriers which sustainable refurbishment initiatives are likely to encounter during their deployment
  • Study architects current perceptions and understanding of sustainable refurbishment in the UK construction industry
  • Identify potential methods which architects believe could facilitate the widespread uptake of sustainable refurbishment measures within the private housing sector
  • 12,000 words – 44 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes interview questions
  • Ideal for construction management and quantity surveying students

1: Introduction and Rationale
Research proposal
Research aim
Research objectives
Importance of research

2: Methodology
Reviewed Literature
Data collection
Quantitative versus Qualitative
Research Limitations
Dissertation Structure

3: Literature Review
Sustainable development overview
Overview of sustainable refurbishment
Definition of sustainable refurbishment
The need for sustainable refurbishment
Benefits of sustainable refurbishment, environmental, social, economical
Current attitudes towards sustainability
Government sustainable refurbishment schemes and initiatives
Climate Change Act 2008
CESP Community Energy Saving Programme
CERT Carbon Emissions Reduction Target
The Green Deal
ECO (Energy Company Obligation)
Barriers to SR
Legislative Barriers
Environmental and technical barriers
Financial barriers
Promotion of sustainable refurbishment
Literature review conclusion

4: Analysis

5: Discussion
Sustainable refurbishment
Bias by government
Government Initiatives
Green Deal

6: Conclusions
Overall conclusion



Sustainable Refurbishment in Private Housing Dissertation
Sustainable Refurbishments in Private Housing Dissertation

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