Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic


Our project focused on student and landlord opinions about and behaviors towards heat use in student homes of multiple occupancy (HMOs) in the St. John’s Campus of the University of Worcester in Worcester, England. We reconnoitered 350 residences, identified 196 HMOs, and interviewed 40 student tenants. We also interviewed three landlords and a manager of student properties at a letting agency. We found that students have limited knowledge of thermostatic controls, energy consumption, and utility costs; landlords are much more knowledgeable on these issues and many have retrofitted their properties to make them more energy efficient. We recommend that students be better educated about thermostatic controls and heat use in order to become more energy efficient.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs