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Historic Variations in Winter Indoor Domestic Temperatures and Potential Implications for Body Weight Gain

Mavrogianni, A; Johnson, F; Ucci, M; Marmot, A; Wardle, J; Oreszczyn, T; Summerfield, A; (2013) Historic Variations in Winter Indoor Domestic Temperatures and Potential Implications for Body Weight Gain. INDOOR AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT , 22 (2) 360 - 375. 10.1177/1420326X11425966. Green open access

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Abstract

It has been argued that the amount of time spent by humans in thermoneutral environments has increased in recent decades. This paper examines evidence of historic changes in winter domestic temperatures in industrialised countries. Future trajectories for indoor thermal comfort are also explored. Whilst methodological differences across studies make it difficult to compare data and accurately estimate the absolute size of historic changes in indoor domestic temperatures, data analysis does suggest an upward trend, particularly in bedrooms. The variations in indoor winter residential temperatures might have been further exacerbated in some countries by a temporary drop in demand temperatures due to the 1970s energy crisis, as well as by recent changes in the building stock. In the United Kingdom, for example, spot measurement data indicate that an increase of up to 1.3°C per decade in mean dwelling winter indoor temperatures may have occurred from 1978 to 1996. The findings of this review paper are also discussed in the context of their significance for human health and well-being. In particular, historic indoor domestic temperature trends are discussed in conjunction with evidence on the links between low ambient temperatures, body energy expenditure and weight gain.

Type: Article
Title: Historic Variations in Winter Indoor Domestic Temperatures and Potential Implications for Body Weight Gain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1420326X11425966
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1420326X11425966
Additional information: �© The Author(s), 2011. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: Central heating, Housing, Indoor temperature, Thermal comfort, Obesity, Weight gain
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt > Bartlett Real Estate Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1347245
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