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Can the United Kingdom Achieve Zero Carbon Homes by 2050? (2017)

Under the challenging 2008 UK Climate Change Act, the UK government commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emission by 2050 is a huge task. These commitments would cause a huge disruption and changes down to in which we live currently. Identifying the housing sector as an area in which to reduce the carbon emissions could help reach the target. Given the total output of domestic housing emission in the UK holds up to 27 percent of total carbon dioxide emitted each year. A huge dedication must be done to reform the housing community in order to meet the required target. This paper investigates the implications and practicalities of implementing zero carbon housing by 2050 through the UK. This study uses a qualitative questionnaire to investigate the impacts of zero carbon homes and the feasibility on it. The rising of costs, weak Government legislation and low market demand on zero carbon homes are the barriers that goes into the zero-carbon agenda and these pose threats into achieving the proposed target.

Committing to buildings all new homes to the zero-carbon standard have been done in the UK and the country shows positive attitude towards the movements. Some housing is now heading towards zero carbon, displaying its new technologies and techniques that would soon become a standard example in the future, but Zero carbon housing is an extremely demanding at the current state as it requires cooperation from all industry and essential for all house buildings to take initiative of the current movement. New technologies and processes must be adapted by the home builders where in construction it is known for unwillingness to change, this would prove as a big hurdle in the industry. The house builders needing a greater clarity on the zero carbon Policy and how can it be achieved without compromising the goal. Giving the house builders as much flexibility in working towards the 2050 goal.

Dissertation objectives

  • To determine the main drivers and legislation by the industry in implementing zero carbon
  • To develop an appropriate analysis of the obstacles to zero carbon housing and to determine the extent to which such barriers continue to impede the industry’s move towards zero carbon housing
  • The Impact of Zero-Carbon Homes towards the construction Industry
  • 11,000 words – 40 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Excellent of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes survey questions
  • Ideal for quantity surveying students

1: Introduction
Research Background
Rationale
Aim
Objectives
Outline of Research Methodology

2: Literature Review
Discussion of Zero carbon housing
Zero Carbon Technologies in Domestic Housing
Heat Pumps
Solar Water Heating
Photovoltaics Panels (PV)
Rainwater Harvesting
Implications/Barriers on implementing green technologies in housing estate
Costs
LZC on-site energy technologies applications
Marketing of low/zero carbon homes
Skills Shortages and knowledge Gaps
Main drivers and current legislation to reduce carbon emissions
Legislative
Cultural
Business Drivers

3: Research Methodology
Research Approach
Online Survey
Questionnaire Design
Research Sample

4: Data Analysis
Background Analysis
Current Practices
Drivers for Zero Carbon Housing
Barriers for Zero Carbon Housing
Feasibility of zero carbon housing

5: Discussion
The Significant findings
Hypothesis Acceptance?
Research Objectives
Main Challenges Faced by the industry in implementing zero carbon technologies
Costs
Demand of Zero Carbon Homes
Main drivers and Current legislation to reduce carbon emission

6: Conclusion
Main Findings
Research Limitations
Further Studies

References

Appendix

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