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Experience Level: Intermediate
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The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT)

Write a professional report to your client, Birmingham City Council, in accordance with the following criteria.


Renewable energy sources and Feed In Tariffs (FIT’s)

The BMHT new homes will all comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 with some of them utilising alternate energy sources, such as PV cells, solar water heating or air source heat pumps. In answering this brief, for ease of calculation and comparison, you are to assume that all the properties being built are three bedroom five person homes.

1. Using the Code for Sustainable Homes, detail the possible methods that could be used to enable the homes to meet the requirements for Level Four.

2. Estimate and list the additional costs anticipated for each dwelling to achieve Code Level Four from a standard similar dwelling built to Code Level Three.

3. From your answers to 1 and 2, make recommendations for BMHT properties to meet Level Four in the most economic way taking into account the various ways in which Level Four can be achieved using different approaches (air tightness, U values etc)

4. Assume that each property is equipped with a 2.5KW PV cell system • research the Feed In Tariff (FIT) and from that, prepare a brief cost analysis showing how long it will take to recoup the additional costs of installing such a system. Take into account the anticipated life of the PV system and show potential profit once (or if) the initial costs have been repaid.

5. Assume one of the new BMHT developments is delivering a total of 100 new homes of mixed tenure on one site art a density of 45 homes per hectare • social rented, shared ownership and outright sale - Prepare a brief document outlining the possible methods of alternate energies that could be used to heat and power those homes. Include in your document recommendations for the most efficient long term provision of heat and power with a brief cost benefit analysis. (30 marks)


Future implications of Code for Sustainable Homes requirements and Carbon Neutral dwellings

Existing Government timescales show that by 2016 every new home built should reach Level Six of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Again, base your work on a standard three bedroom five person home.

1. Recommend the most cost effective methods to allow new homes to be built to Code Level Six • include renewable energy sources as you see fit and detail estimated additional costs to reach Code Level Six from the BMHT present standard of Code Level Four.

2. Discuss briefly (500 words maximum) how to achieve carbon neutral homes including consideration of materials and material sources.

3. Achieving Code Level Six for buildings is possible now, but, because of the various reduction targets for water and energy use, the occupants will have to alter the way in which they use water and energy. Prepare a brief guide for new occupiers explaining ways they can maximise savings in energy and water usage and why it is important to make these savings.

Word Limit: 2500 words

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