Sustainable energy strategy for historic churches and cathedrals in the UK

Bolorforoush, Mohammad (2014). Sustainable energy strategy for historic churches and cathedrals in the UK. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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The Church of England (CoE) has launched an environmental campaign to reduce the carbon footprint of its properties by 80% by 2050. The CoE has published a guidance document on energy efficiency and independent surveys have been carried out to identify the most effective approach in reducing their carbon footprint. However, research suggests that the measures taken by CoE are insufficient in achieving its target. Development of a sustainable energy strategy for historic churches and cathedrals in the UK is a complex process. Thuis is due to limitation for reburbishment work in listed churches and also the rapid decline of church membership.
The research uses an energy reduction hierarchy to investigate the effectiveness of various energy reduction measures using Lichfield Cathedral as a case study. The hierarchy model which focuses on low cost solutions such as behavioural changes and energy management measures could result in up to 15% reduction of overall energy consumption. In addition, technological solutions which require higher investment are discussed and examined. It is recommended that for churches with intermittent services and infequent use, the application of local heating methods such as pew heating could result in significant savings.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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