A student’s request for help with a survey


My name is Alex Knight and I am a Surveying Masters student at Northumbria University. As part of my studies, I am currently undertaking a research study examining the steps that homes in England are taking to reduce their carbon footprint.  

Your residents’ association has been chosen at random from a database of associations within England to be part of the sample for this research. As such, I wondered whether you would be interested in taking part in a short survey and potentially sharing this email with any of your members who would be interested in participating.  

The survey will ask about the measures that your home currently has in place to lower carbon emissions, at what stage these measures were introduced and the motivations for introducing them. It will also ask you to explain the impact that these measures have had and ask about the EPC rating of your home. 

The survey will not ask for any personal details. All the questions relate only to the energy efficient measures that you have in your home and you will only be asked to provide the county your home is in, to allow for national comparison. All data that you do provide will be kept confidential and used only to develop an understanding of energy efficient installations in homes in England.   

If you are happy to complete the survey, which takes no more than five minutes to fill out, you can do so by clicking on this link – https://s.surveyplanet.com/kzqMq9UKj – and completing it online through Survey Planet.  

The first question will detail the terms of this study, ask you to confirm that you are comfortable with them and consent to taking part in this research. Please note that you are under no obligation to complete the survey and will be free to withdraw from participating at any time, without having to provide any reason for doing so.  

If you would like further details on any aspect of this research project before taking part, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. 

Best regards,  

Alex Knight