Has anyone out there got any good ideas on a good title/idea for a dissertation?
I'm a Quantity Surveying student.
'Zero Carbon Emissions in Buildings' has been suggested to me by a lecturer which is something I would have an interest in, but I need to find a QS related slant.
Do ya think there is enough information out there about the 'cost' of building zero carbon buildings?
I have been researching the topic now for some time, and although there is a lot of information regarding 'zero carbon', I have found little about the materials and cost required to achieve this standard.
Your suggestions/comments will be greatly appreciated
I wouldn't use zero carbon for a few reasons.
1. It's a buzzword, while important, you dissertation won't stand out and a few in the class are likely to do similar.
2. Zero carbon is more about design than material cost, there is little scope beyond noting increased cost of extra insulation and more effiect materials.*
*You could of course take the angle of the cost of building a zero carbon building verses the saved running costs. But this is a bad angle imo as its not exactly the ethos of zero carbon (dispite the marketing of some materials)
"The effects of the recession on building costs"
As a QS myself and having been through the process let me offer you the best of luck.
It would be very interesting to take a look at the carbon arguement from a pure quantity surveying position as I have had the arguement on a number of occasions with people as to the true effect all the "eco" products and systems have had on the bottom line of projects. It appears that whilst people (this forum is a prime example) strive to get their projects completed at the lowest cost, the true position is that it is effected greatly by the latest push (Legal and otherwise) towards greener meathods which have the knock on effect of increased cost over the stadard house construction methods. A case study (real or otherwise) of two properties built to similar size,and utilising the traditional and new eco carbon methods would in my opinion provide an interesting QS result.
No matter what you choose best of luck with it
It would be interesting to compare the real or true TCO / payback periods of so-called 'green' technologies versus 'regular' ones.
I've always wondered how many electric showers a full solar install will buy, taking into account the predicted lifespan of the solar system, maintenance, etc. !
Thanks for the input everyone.
I have taken into account what ye all said and I have decided to do my dissertation on 'The cost of building a zero carbon emission building'.
As a graduate to be in 12months time (hopefully) I hope this dissertation will be something that will differentiate me from all the other hopefuls. The majority of my classmates have decided upon Law and Contract related titles, which would have been my first choice originally but now I feel i need to do something a bit different to stand out.
Watch this space
Thanks for the help,
It may be of help to contact Patrick Daly about his house, recently completed and featured in Construct Ireland mag and Duncan's About the House.
IMO, I would diffrentiate between building and dwelling in your title. If its "building", then it stays more general, if its "dwelling", then you can get more type particular and more specific.
I was looking at your posts there and I was wondering how you were progressing with the dissertation topic you chose.
Im a 4th year QS student and was hoping to do my dissertation on something similar.
Just want to now is there much information on the particular topic and would you know of any helpful references?
Your help would be much appreciated.
If anyone else can offer some assistance, it would also be much appreciated.
Now that I would like to know! We are not installing solar panels (I can't stand the things, I actually don't like any disturbances to the roof line but that is a post for another day) and will have one instant shower in the house... it would be interesting to see how it would break down.