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Determinants of winter indoor temperatures below the threshold for healthy living in England

Huebner, GM; Chalabi, Z; Hamilton, I; Oreszczyn, T; (2019) Determinants of winter indoor temperatures below the threshold for healthy living in England. Energy and Buildings , 202 , Article 109399. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109399. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the determinants of the proportion of hours a dwelling meets the indoor temperature threshold for healthy living of at least 18°C in winter, as recommended in a recent review. Secondary data analysis of a nationally representative survey of English homes (N = 635) showed that older dwellings, detached homes, single occupancy and living in the North of England are associated with the lowest share of hours at the recommended temperature threshold in bedroom, living room, and hallway. These identified determinants could be used to target households at greatest risk of ‘unhealthy’ temperatures. Being aged above 64 and having a disability is linked to more hours at the criterion; an encouraging finding that the most vulnerable experience low temperatures to a lesser extent. This study also highlights the need for further research particularly in relation to those variables where results were equivocal and / or there was weak supporting evidence, such as tenure, wall type, and EPC rating.

Type: Article
Title: Determinants of winter indoor temperatures below the threshold for healthy living in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109399
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109399
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: temperatures, homes, health, threshold, beta regression
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081313
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