Excess humidity, damp and mould growth is present in almost half of UK homes, with severe cases affecting over 598,000 properties. A significant majority of these belong to social housing providers for whom this is a long standing problem, and the costs are substantial.
Back in December 2014, 75 housebuilders, social landlords, architects and others representing 208,047 homes in the UK participated in our survey, produced with the Zero Carbon Hub, on overheating in homes. The survey asked participants to describe, for example, how they define and assess overheating risk in residential properties. It also asked those responding to say what was motivating them to take action. Customer satisfaction came high on the list. Other incentives included having had overheating problems in the past, and the presence of local authority requirements in Local Plans.
This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub. We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes. Previously we outlined the various definitions of overheating for housing providers; in this second publication we examine the methods of assessing overheating that they use.
This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub. We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes. In part one of this article we outlined the various definitions of overheating. In this second part we examine the approaches taken by housing providers to define and tackle overheating in homes.
This blog piece is part of a series by Sustainable Homes and the Zero Carbon Hub. We will explore some of the policies and solutions being developed to address overheating in homes. The following post focuses on definitions of overheating; the next will look at how to assess the risk of overheating.
Parks and greenery in built up areas can reduce overheating by 1oC. And people’s actual reception of comfort from parks and greenery equates to nearly 2oC cooling. That is the finding from a recent review paper in Building and Environment scientific journal.
There is increased attention being put on building homes that are fit for the future, but 85% of our current homes will still be around in 2050. With global temperatures set to rise anywhere between 1°C and 4°C, there is a growing concern about how these homes will cope with the future climate.
New homes are being built and retrofitted to meet higher thermal efficiency standard. These include improved air-tightness and fabric insulation, which can increase the risk of overheating if steps are not taken alongside this to enable excess heat to be easily removed. Moreover, the expected increase in the frequency of heat waves and future rises in average external temperatures as result of climate change are likely to drive more cases of overheating in our homes.
New research was published last week on the work registered social landlords are doing to improve their environmental performance. Environmental benchmarking is improving processes and helping to save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and millions of cubic meters of water, as well as improving the homes and lives of residents.