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How does building policy in Wales compare with policy in Scotland in terms of sustainability?

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´╗┐Welsh Baccalaureate Individual Investigation How does building policy in Wales compare with policy in Scotland in terms of sustainability? Jack Duberley 12Y My interest in architecture has led me to study the topic of building policies, as they are the foundation of any modern building, in particular those policies set in Wales as these will show me how these laws and regulations can directly affect my environment. I will also conduct an interview with a Planning Officer form the local are who will have a direct insight into the effect of the building regulations of the country. This therefore, will simultaneously relate to the Welsh Baccalaureate. I will also look at the policies in place in Scotland, due to their similar size in population and relationship to the United Kingdom as devolved nations, I will like to see how two similar countries have decided to regulate building and how the address the subject of the sustainability of them in a world of growing concern about global warming and our effect of the Earth. My interest is also the founding of my career choice: architecture, I decided to study Art, Physics, Maths and English Language at A level to support this decision as I have found that many universities offering the course require high A level grade sin these subjects. In this investigation I am going to first investigate the current planning policies in place in Wales in terms of sustainability and research the country?s zero carbon aspirations and how they plan to achieve them. I will then research the same information for Scotland. ...read more.

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reaction of the Scottish building industry to the 2011 labelling where industry group Homes For Scotland stated that the industry faced ?the worst crisis since World War 2' [16]. References: [1] http://www.greenbuildingpress.co.uk/article.php?category_id=1&article_id=623 [2] http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/04/24/strict-sustainability-regulations-hampering-welsh-housebuilding-estate-agents-claim-91466-30824394/ [3] http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/04/24/strict-sustainability-regulations-hampering-welsh-housebuilding-estate-agents-claim-91466-30824394/ [4] http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pre_budget_report/prebud_pbr06/report/prebud_pbr06_repindex.cfm [5] http://m.building.co.uk/prince-and-architects-unite-to-tackle-zero-carbon-housing/5032357.article [6] http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/code_for_sust_homes.pdf [7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_efficiency_in_British_housing [8] http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/about/bsdsustain [9]http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=17907&title=Scottish+sustainability+standards+anger+building+industry [10] http://www.55northarchitecture.com/?p=259 [11] http://www.candwarch.co.uk/projects/low_energy_houses/zero-carbon-homes.shtml [12] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_for_Sustainable_Homes [13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_for_Sustainable_Homes [14] http://m.building.co.uk/prince-and-architects-unite-to-tackle-zero-carbon-housing/5032357.article [15] http://www.candwarch.co.uk/projects/low_energy_houses/zero-carbon-homes.shtml [16]http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=17907&title=Scottish+sustainability+standards+anger+building+industry In response to my first question on the effect of the change in regulations in 2010, Mr Harland stated that very little changed in plans submitted for approval as many new homes were already built close to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes prior to 2010. However, he also added that more ?eco features? have been noticed in builds increasingly including rainwater harvesting systems and bike storage that add to the CSH score for each house fairly inexpensively. This shows the improved awareness of the need for such sustainable technologies in housing, though in a fairly cynical way as they are added in the cheapest ways possible. This concurs with my previous research that the building industry?s feelings towards the Code for Sustainable Homes and the 2010 regulation changes are hostile. From my interview I also found that the majority of builds meet between Levels 3 and 4 of the code as most buildings only just meet the requirements in order to save money on the cost of each unit. These are usually plans from large scale developers, although more often now some developers are building ?eco? homes that cater for the sustainably conscious market. ...read more.

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I think I chose a realistic title as it gave me a lot of room to look at different aspects of the effectiveness of building regulations. It was easy to find sources as there were a lot of aspects of building regulations that I could look at. There was a lot of information available on the Internet; however I could not find any books or magazine articles about the subject. I think my primary research went well, although I think I could have asked more questions in detail about sustainable projects and zero carbon development. However, I think the responses to my question cast attention on other sides to the topics I had been researching. I did not have any difficulty using the software on the computer, as I regularly use the Microsoft programs I utilized as part of this investigation. If I were to repeat this I might opt to use a questionnaire as my primary research as then I would be able to use Excel and graphs to include in my investigation, which may make it more visually appealing. I also have not struggled with completing the work on time due to the planning time sheet that allowed me to set my own targets for each week, I also had a lot of guidance form my Welsh Bac teachers who told me what had to be done before I began planning. I think some weeks I did not stick to my time plan completely, and if I were to do another investigation, I would do, however, I have still completed the work with ample time. ...read more.

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