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Cold Homes and Health

Author: Roger Critchley
Organisation:
Health and Housing Group
Date: 1999

The report was based on the comments of the author as the referee of a separate EAGA-funded paper ‘Fuel Poverty, Energy Efficiency and Health’ by Melanie Henwood. EAGA subsequently issued the comments as a supplementary resource to their existing body of work on fuel poverty and health.

The Nottingham Energy, Health and Housing Study: A Demonstration Project to Reduce Humidity, House Dust Mites and Asthma

Author: Roger Critchley
Organisation:
Health and Housing Group National Energy Action Nottingham The Bartlett
University College London

A prevalence of dust mites and mould in domestic properties is known to aggravate the symptoms of asthma. Therefore, measures to alleviate the conditions that allow mites to thrive (e.g. high humidity) should have a beneficial impact on the health of asthmatics. Many energy efficiency interventions achieve this, although this is often an unplanned, albeit useful, side effect of work aimed at reducing energy consumption and wastage. Some interventions may even increase the problem: by reducing ventilation, for example.

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