Passive And Eco Friendly Housing

974 WordsApr 21, 20154 Pages
Introduction Passive and eco-friendly housing is becoming increasingly popular, and as more and more structures arise, learning provides scope for innovation, further cost saving and optimization. The rise of passive housing could have a possible impact on Global warming, an increasingly important topic, as housing contributes vastly to the cause: in 2009 buildings accounted for 43% of all the UK’s carbon emissions (gov.uk). Therefore, the UK Government aimed to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emission by at least 80% by 2050. To meet this target this could be achieved by moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy. It would also help the UK become less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to higher energy prices in the future. Undoubtedly, some may have chosen to pursue a passive house as a way to protect the environment. Yet, at an individual level, the marginal benefit to society of extra investment is often considered as small compared to (in some cases) markedly increased costs. The important question, which will ultimately determine if passive housing will become a valid option for masses, is whether the additional spending is justified economically. The long term benefits of cost saving are visible (Passpedia (2015) Are Passive Houses cost-effective?), yet the marginal returns are decreasing. Therefore, Is the Passivhaus standard a cost effective way of achieving the UK CO2 emissions reduction target for new housing in practice?”. This research
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