The following details the students, their personal work programme within the overall project, and motivation to volunteer.
Student: Matt Jones. Work programme (Jan.-June): Poster and leaflet design for launch and dissemination events and detail drawings.
- Course and level of study: BSc (Hons) Building Studies Year One. “I am Currently working on an internship with Cityzen a multidisciplinary design practice based in Brighton, as an Architectural Technologist. Design of buildings and their components is something that really inspires me and I hope to work as an Architectural Technologist once I graduate”.
- What attracted you to volunteer for the project? “I am very interested in developing my transferable skills and this project offers me the opportunity to experience the issues related with low carbon retrofit and to experience working within the community in promoting sustainability”.
Student: Sam Trott. Work programme (Jan.-June): To identify how energy is used in the Centre, to establish occupant views on the use of the building, and to identify priorities for energy reduction.
- Course and level of study: BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Year Three. “I am Currently in my final year of my degree having spent my summers working for a managing agent in Ireland. My course has given me an interest in adapting and maintaining existing buildings
so that their operational life can be extended. My long term goal is to qualify as a Chartered Building Surveyor and to work with historic buildings”
- What attracted you to volunteer for the project? “I am in my final year of my degree and a large proportion of my degree has been spent understanding the issues surrounding energy use in buildings and their carbon footprint. This project has offered me the opportunity to work on a live project, to apply the skills I have learnt throughout my degree and to interact with the users of the building and the wider community with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the building. It will give me a chance to understand the issues surrounding behaviour change and energy reduction and to write up what I have learnt in my dissertation”.
- Final Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Potential to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Large Community Buildings. Key conclusions: “there is potential to reduce carbon emissions from large Community buildings through the use of retrofit interventions, with the stakeholders [of the Hanover Centre] (i) identifying their thermal comfort as being level 2 – too cool using the calidity index. (ii) retrofit insulation and draught proofing were high priorities to increase their thermal comfort. (iii) financial issues combined with stakeholder behaviour may prevent this from happening in the near future… the majority of the participants surveyed would be unwilling to pay additional costs to use the facilities, even if they knew they were more energy efficient.”
Student: Colette Rayner. Work programme (Jan.-June): Stakeholder evaluation of the Centre to include user related issues such as thermal comfort.
- Course and level of study: BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Year Two. “I am currently in my second year of my degree. I spent four months last summer working for a local company, situated in Ditchling, DPS Energy Services Ltd, where I still work part time and this work centered around assisting with energy assessments”
- What attracted you to volunteer for the project? “I have become increasingly interested in renewable energies, particularly in ways that ensure that the local community can benefit, by reducing household bills. During my work I have come to understand that the use of renewable energies offers not only environmental benefits but also financial benefits, however I would like the opportunity to prove that these benefits are real and that residents really can benefit from their wider uptake”.
- Final Volunteer Project: the findings were combined into Sam Trott’s Dissertation (see above) – and his dissertation findings were informed by Colette’s survey work.
Student: Thomas Symm. Work programme (Jan.-June): An appraisal of the Embodied Energy associated with the proposed insulation improvements in the fabric of the Hanover Centre. The environmental impact of a building is calculated by its day to day use, manufacturing and delivery of construction materials, the components used in buildings must also be taken into consideration. Embodied energy describes the amount of energy used to produce an object, a neglected area within a building where many materials use large quantities of CO2 when being produced.
- Course and level of Study: “I am a second year building surveying student at the University of Brighton. I have also completed a Foundation degree in Construction prior to my building surveying studies. I also work part-time for a local architecture practice called Boys Project Management, who mainly operate locally and specialise in the adaptation of existing buildings as well some small to medium sized new build developments”.
- What attracted you to volunteer for the project? “Being a resident of the Hanover area of Brighton I am interested in how the development will influence the local community. Also, having the opportunity to apply my skills in such a way that they will bring benefit to the community is an appealing concept. In addition, the data collected relating to the thermal performance of the building will contribute to my future studies and I hope to learn from this project”.
- Final Volunteering Report: An appraisal of the Embodied Energy in the thermal insulation materials recommended for the Hanover Centre. Focussing on recommendations made by Samuel Trott (see above) Mark found “that the best choice for the least embodied energy would be cellulose insulation… as it is made from recycled papers and fabric material, and can be sprayed onto the walls allowing for quick construction. [But an alternative]… would be the use of sheep’s wool insulation as it has low embodied energy and can be sourced locally, [but] also absorbs moisture well which the Hanover Centre will benefit from to reduce the risk of damp within the building.
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