Health impacts of Energy Efficiency & Temperature (HEAT)

Health impacts of Energy Efficiency & Temperature (HEAT)
28th November 2016 Alison Parker

Domestic buildings



HEAT looks to develop datasets for examining the relationship between energy use, energy efficiency and indoor environments and their co-relationship with health


By 2030, the UK housing stock will need to have undergone major changes to improve its energy performance.  These changes to the energy performance of the dwelling will have an impact beyond energy use and will likely affect the thermal and air quality conditions experienced within the dwellings. A key question arising from these policies is what effect have the interventions had in meeting stated objectives outside of energy use, including changing the exposure to wintertime indoor temperatures and the presumed improvement to health?

This research examines the co-effects these housing energy policy interventions have on fuel use and expenditure, indoor wintertime temperatures and health.  The proof-of-concept project will focus on linking data from general population and health surveys with information on the energy performance (both efficiency and energy consumption) of dwellings they reside within.

Key findings

  • The project has just started and will focus first on access and joining datasets.

Impact, Influence & Outreach

  • Project will aim to develop an evidence base on the relationship between health, temperature, energy use and energy efficiency to help better target policies to achieve multiple co-benefits.