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New health risks and research to be discussed at national conference

Posted by Emma Jones on 18-Feb-2015 07:00:00

There are a variety of ways our housing impacts on the health of the population.

One - The standard impacts are clear. The UK’s housing stock is some of the worst insulated in Europe, and becoming more of a national concern. Cold homes are resulting in a large number of excess winter deaths each year.

Two - As we move to improve (insulate) these homes, there is also the concern that we are not always adequately allowing for appropriate ventilation. Recent studies have shown that higher incidences of illnesses can result.

Increasingly health and housing practitioners are considering these issues and how they can be tackled jointly. Baker Homes is bringing together a range of experts and leading practitioners to talk about their experiences of improving housing stock and the health of their residents.

A revolutionary project by Oldham Council and partners, including the National Health Service, measured the health impacts of retrofit works. Dr. Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer, Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group, will present the project and findings from the 1,000 home fuel poverty improvement retrofit on the 25th February at the conference.

Jeremy Porteus, Director of Housing Learning and Improvement Network, will be speaking on the recently published Memorandum of Understanding to Support Joint Action on Improving Health through the Home. This document, supported by organisations such as the Homes and Communities Agency, NHS England and the National Housing Federation, outlines the shared commitment across government, social care, housing and health to promote healthy homes, communities and neighbourhoods. It recognises that good quality homes promote mental and physical health

Katharine Knox of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will also be speaking at the event. The JRF’s recently launched a new website with practical tools to help vulnerable communities prepare for our changing climate. The website provides detailed evidence on vulnerable communities and threats from increasing extreme weather through maps, allowing housing associations and local authorities to adapt and target their strategies to produce the most effective results.

As well as presentations, attendees will also have the chance to contribute to workshops and learn about tools to help deliver better quality of life for residents.

Other benefits of attending include:

* Find out how others in the social housing sector are improving the health of their residents
* Learn about new products improving the air quality in retrofitted homes
* Hear about the new standard for assessing the sustainability of new build homes
* Network with professionals from across the housing and health sector
* Gain CPD points

For more information on the conference and to register for the event click here.

For the business case (health and financial impacts) of adapting housing to climate change, click here.


SHIFT conference, health and housing, housing associations, over heating, condensation

Topics: Social Housing, Climate Change Adaptation, SHIFT Index, Fuel Poverty, Health

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