The short-term health and psychosocial impacts of domestic energy efficiency investments in low-income areas: a controlled before and after study
January 2017 | Charlotte N. B. Grey, Shiyu Jiang, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Christina Nascimento, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Sarah E. Rodgers, Rhodri Johnson, Ronan A. Lyons, Farr Institute, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University. Wouter Poortinga, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University & School of Psychology, Cardiff University
Research suggests that living in fuel poverty and cold homes contributes to poor physical and mental health, and that interventions targeted at those living in poor quality housing may lead to health improvements. However, little is known about the socio-economic intermediaries and processes that contribute to better health. This study examined the relationship between energy efficiency investments to homes in low-income areas and mental and physical health of residents, as well as a number of psychosocial outcomes likely to be part of the complex relationship between energy efficiency measures and health outcomes. A quasi-experimental field study with a controlled pretest-posttest design was conducted (intervention n= 364; control n= 418) to investigate the short-term health and psychosocial impacts of a domestic energy efficiency programme that took place across Wales between 2013 and 2015.