The perceived barriers to the inclusion of rainwater harvesting systems by UK house building companies

Parsons, D., Goodhew, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-1227-217X, Fewkes, A. and De, W., 2010. The perceived barriers to the inclusion of rainwater harvesting systems by UK house building companies. Urban Water Journal, 7 (4), pp. 257-265.

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Abstract

This work investigates the barriers that exist to deter the implementation of rainwater harvesting into new UK housing. A postal questionnaire was sent to a selection of large, medium and small house-builders distributed across the UK. Questions were asked concerning potential barriers to the inclusion of rainwater harvesting in homes separated into five sections; (1) institutional and regulatory gaps, (2) economic and financial constraints, (3) absence of incentives, (4) lack of information and technical knowledge, and (5) house-builder attitudes. The study concludes that although the knowledge of rainwater systems has increased these barriers are deterring house-builders from installing rainwater harvesting systems in new homes. It is further acknowledged that the implementation of rainwater harvesting will continue to be limited whilst these barriers remain and unless resolved, rainwater harvesting's potential to reduce the consumption of potable water in houses will continue to be limited.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Urban Water Journal
Creators: Parsons, D., Goodhew, S., Fewkes, A. and De, W.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2010
Volume: 7
Number: 4
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10.1080/1573062X.2010.500331DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23612

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