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Delivering zero carbon homes in the UK

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Abstract


  • In the UK and internationally, a plethora of voluntary and mandatory energy

    efficiency standards for new buildings exist, with the common aim of mitigating the

    impact of new buildings on climate change. However, the take-up of voluntary

    schemes has been limited and, as a result, many governments have seen the need to

    introduce mandatory schemes through legislation; from 2016 all new build homes in

    England and Wales will be required to achieve zero carbon in regulated energy

    consumption. The international context of voluntary and mandatory building energy

    efficiency standards is examined through a review of the literature. The review is

    expanded by a series of semi-structured interviews with construction professionals

    involved in the delivery of low and zero carbon homes in the UK. In order to establish

    why zero carbon homes are not being developed, themes of drivers and barriers and

    challenges in relation to the delivery of zero carbon homes are explored. The drivers

    which emerged are categorised into four groups: legislative; economic; social

    responsibility and individual; and the barriers and challenges into a further four

    groups: skills and knowledge; legislative and governmental; economic and industry.

    Skills shortages and knowledge gaps for all involved in the delivery of zero carbon

    homes were seen as the primary barriers and a gap in the literature also exists in this

    area. Gaining a greater understanding of the skills and knowledge required for the

    delivery of zero carbon homes is therefore confirmed as the focus for further research.

UOW Authors


  •   Heffernan, Emma
  •   Pan, Wei (external author)
  •   Liang, Xi (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Heffernan, E., Pan, W. & Liang, X. (2012). Delivering zero carbon homes in the UK. In S. Smith (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual ARCOM Conference (pp. 1445-1454). United Kingdom: Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7165&context=eispapers

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  • 1445

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  • 1454

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  • http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2012-1445-1454_Heffernan_Pan_Liang.pdf

Abstract


  • In the UK and internationally, a plethora of voluntary and mandatory energy

    efficiency standards for new buildings exist, with the common aim of mitigating the

    impact of new buildings on climate change. However, the take-up of voluntary

    schemes has been limited and, as a result, many governments have seen the need to

    introduce mandatory schemes through legislation; from 2016 all new build homes in

    England and Wales will be required to achieve zero carbon in regulated energy

    consumption. The international context of voluntary and mandatory building energy

    efficiency standards is examined through a review of the literature. The review is

    expanded by a series of semi-structured interviews with construction professionals

    involved in the delivery of low and zero carbon homes in the UK. In order to establish

    why zero carbon homes are not being developed, themes of drivers and barriers and

    challenges in relation to the delivery of zero carbon homes are explored. The drivers

    which emerged are categorised into four groups: legislative; economic; social

    responsibility and individual; and the barriers and challenges into a further four

    groups: skills and knowledge; legislative and governmental; economic and industry.

    Skills shortages and knowledge gaps for all involved in the delivery of zero carbon

    homes were seen as the primary barriers and a gap in the literature also exists in this

    area. Gaining a greater understanding of the skills and knowledge required for the

    delivery of zero carbon homes is therefore confirmed as the focus for further research.

UOW Authors


  •   Heffernan, Emma
  •   Pan, Wei (external author)
  •   Liang, Xi (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Heffernan, E., Pan, W. & Liang, X. (2012). Delivering zero carbon homes in the UK. In S. Smith (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual ARCOM Conference (pp. 1445-1454). United Kingdom: Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7165&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/6135

Start Page


  • 1445

End Page


  • 1454

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2012-1445-1454_Heffernan_Pan_Liang.pdf