To help avoid making decisions in isolation that can lead to unintended detrimental consequences, researchers at UCL devised a decision-making model to aid UK housing policy decisions.
Researchers combined maps of data for 2.6 million London addresses to predict the location at greatest risk of heat-related mortality.
Energy efficiency retrofit is more effective & has health benefits if combined with grid decarbonisation & enhanced ventilation
UCL researchers found that achieving carbon reduction targets in urban settings depends on the interdependencies between housing and energy provision, and that different decarbonisation strategies at the city / town level can affect the health of inhabitants.
Researchers at UCL found that the type and construction of a building may significantly alter its ability to dry following a flood. Flood depth and drying conditions also have an impact on the duration of damp.
Older people are particularly vulnerable to high temperatures, so summertime heating can be dangerous to their health.
Researchers have found that passive measures may not be enough to cope with future projected overheating in suburban homes, suggesting that mechanical cooling technology may be required.
Researchers at UCL have quantified the degree to which the building characteristics of a home affect how much residents are exposed to air pollution and high temperatures.
New low-carbon houses are designed to reduce heat loss through improved airtightness and increased insulation, raising the risk of overheating and inadequate ventilation.
People’s behaviour inside their homes has an important impact on how much the building overheats during periods of hot weather – researchers at UCL explain.
SNACC researchers found that flats and mid-terraced homes are at greater risk of overheating, particularly in the South of England.