Pathways to climate adapted and healthy low income housing

Authors: Guy Barnett, Matt Beaty, Dong Chen, Stephen McFallan, Jacqui Meyers, Minh Nguyen, Zhengen Ren, Anneliese Spinks and Xiaoming Wang
Year: 2013

Low income households and the housing and neighbourhoods they live in can exacerbate heat-related health risk. This report describes heat vulnerability mapping undertaken in four Australian cities and provides an assessment of the impacts of climate change on the thermal performance and indoor environment of low income house types. Housing types and locations were assigned one of four categories of housing that was inappropriate for tenants vulnerable to excess heat, properties worth retrofitting, those to reconsider in the future and those that were best for heat vulnerable tenants. The objectives of the project were to: (1) model vulnerability of housing and tenants to selected climate change impacts; (2) identify/evaluate engineering, behavioural and institutional adaptation options; (3) scope co-benefits of climate adaptation for human health and well-being; and (4) develop house typologies and climate analogues for national generalisations.

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