I am currently studying BSc Construction Management at Plymouth University, and undertaking a dissertation which aims to explore self-builders opinions of the Government’s agenda for zero carbon homes by 2016.
If you have recently self-built, are currently building or plan to begin building your home in England before 1st January 2015, I would be grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to fill in the questionnaire accessed through the link below.
It does not matter if you do not know what the Government’s agenda is, but in simple terms (if enforced) it will require all homes built after 2016 to have high fabric energy efficiency standards (highly insulated) and possibly require the use of on-site low or zero carbon technologies, such as solar thermal panels.
The dissertation went very well I think, and I made some interesting findings. My supervisors said they have marked it, although I have to wait for it to go through the external examiners before I get the mark. But, they have said that they would like me to get a journal paper out of it, so they must have liked it.
I have one last big group project to do at Eden this Thursday which is currently taking up all my time. But, sometime after next week when I have spoke to my supervisors about turning it into a journal I will produce a summary to share with all the forums that I have posted on.
Thank you to all those who participated, kind regards, Steve.