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I would realty appreciate your help in collecting information by completing the following questionnaire. I realize that your time is precious so please don't spend too much time filling in the questions. Probably the best way of doing it is to copy and paste the questions on a reply to this post. Again many thanks for your help. Please don't fill in any personal details just your forum name will be fine.

Human dimension in energy efficiency- Attitudes towards energy efficiency and the motivation to invest


Uk energy policy is driven mainly by environmental objectives, with most measures relating to reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and being developed within the framework of the UK’s international environmental commitments.


The existing residential sector has been targeted since it offers a means of cost-effectively reducing energy consumption while fulfilling social commitments. However, despite work to educate and provide incentives for individuals to invest in energy efficiency improvements the propensity for individuals to invest is not well understood. Greater attention should be paid to motivational factors if a more complete understanding is to emerge.


Therefore this research is aimed at investigating the attitudes residential landlords have towards the implementation of energy efficiency improvements. While also investigating the perceived motivations and barriers landlords have towards improving the energy efficiency in residential properties.


Here follows a short questionnaire which seeks to investigate and discover some of these perceived attitudes motivations and barriers. Your participation will be greatly appreciated in the completion of my MA Building & Property Surveying dissertation and any extra comments will be well received.


I would like to thank you in advance and hope the questions raised are well received.


Motivation and Attitudes Questionnaire

Date:…………………….


Company Name:……………………………..............................................


Section 1: General Background


1).What position do you hold within the company?

Owner/Director �

Manager �

Other � ……………………………….........


2). What is the number of properties owned/managed by your company?

0-25 �

25-50 �

50-100 �

100 + �

3). What is the approximate number of tenant you manage?………………..

Section 2: Background questions relating to energy efficiency

4). Have energy efficiency measures been introduced into any of the properties you manage? Yes � or No �


4a). What kind of measures? …………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

5). Have you seen the expected return from these measures in terms of;

- Properties rented more quickly �

- Properties achieving higher rental values �


6).Do any non-economic criteria play a role in deciding on which investments to make? Yes � or No �

6a).What kind of criteria?


…………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Section 3: Motivations to invest

7). Who do you feel receives the benefit from reduced energy costs?

The landlord �

The tenant �

The Property management/agent �

8). What incentives do you perceive the occupants of a property have to conserve energy considering the low cost of energy ?

…………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

9).In your view can the rent of a property be increased if energy efficiency improvements are made? Yes � or No �

10). Is there a difference between tenants as to the degree they are heard (long /short term tenants)?


…………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

11). Would reduced energy costs be sufficient motivation for considering energy efficiency investments?

…………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

12). Does improving the environmental work as motivation for you to invest? Yes � or No �

13). Does an improved environmental company profile work as motivation? Yes � or No �

14). What government incentives available to landlords to provide energy efficiency within your properties are you aware of/utilise?

…………………………….................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Section 4; Perceived barriers and their importance

15). Please give a rating to each of the following perceived barriers identified by previous studies.


1-Highly important 2-Moderately important

3-Least important 4-Not important at all

Cost/time barriers;


Emphasis on lowest price �

Adding additional costs to refurbishment �

Increased construction cost �

Perceived split incentives (Who makes the saving) �

Life cycle cost �

Uncertainty concerning actual energy saving �

Search cost for secondary materials �

Lack of available information �

Lack of time to spend investigating options �

Information barriers


Please give a rating on the usefulness of the following sources of information.


1-Most useful 2-Fairly useful 3-Not useful at all

Local/National government �

Internet �

Clients �

Publications/journals �

National associations (NLA…) �

Other ……………………………….......................................................


16). Do you feel that the government have done enough to promote energy efficiency to landlords? Yes � or No �

14/06/2010 00:00

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