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Improving health and energy efficiency through community-based housing interventions.

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International Journal of Public Health, 56, 583-588

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This study explores the relationship between housing conditions, particularly in older homes, and the health of occupants in New Zealand.

The main objective is to identify cost-effective methods to enhance the suitability of houses, originally designed for different climates and cultural contexts, for New Zealand’s unique environmental conditions. The research involves two community randomised trials focused on retrofitting insulation and improving heating systems in homes that lack adequate infrastructure. Additionally, two other studies are underway, examining the effects of electricity vouchers and housing hazard remediation. The first trial, the Housing, Insulation and Health Study, involved insulating 1,350 older houses and demonstrated significant improvements in both the health and well-being of occupants and household energy efficiency. The second trial, the Housing, Heating and Health Study, assessed the impact of installing more effective heating systems in insulated houses of 409 households with asthmatic children. This study showed marked improvements in indoor temperatures, reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels, and health benefits for children, including fewer asthma symptoms, sleep disturbances, and school absences. The conclusion drawn from these studies is that enhancing the energy efficiency of older homes not only leads to health benefits for occupants but also improves energy efficiency. The researchers emphasise that multidisciplinary studies on housing interventions provide strong evidence for policy development, advocating for sustainable housing improvements as a means to enhance public health.

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