“It’s the housing, stupid”
This year’s research demonstrates that
when it comes to deficient housing, it’s
the homes themselves that cause illness,
and not your economic situation.
Housing deficiencies have the same negative
impact on residents’ health regardless
of available income. If you are in the
top 25% in terms of available income
and have a leaking roof, for example, you
are just as likely to report poor health as
if you are in the bottom 25%.
Old buildings + health
impacts = need for renovation
We now know how old our building
stock is; we know how damaging different
building deficiencies can be to
health; and we know that single-family
homes are key to making an impact.
This knowledge must be made available
so that home and building owners can
make informed decisions about renovation,
and so that they can capitalise on
the economic, environmental and health
benefits available. And this knowledge
should also help to inform effective policies
that incentivise renovation to the
benefit of individuals and society.