Energy efficiency linked to asthma
A failure by residents to heat and ventilate retrofitted properties could lead to more people developing asthma, researchers said:
The drive for energy-efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to a new study.
Research has found that a failure by residents to heat and ventilate retrofitted properties could lead to more people developing the respiratory condition.
Working with social housing provider Coastline Housing, the research team at the University of Exeter Medical School assessed data from the residents of 700 properties in Cornwall.
They found that people living in more energy-efficient homes had a greater risk of asthma and that the presence of mould doubled this risk.
The study builds on previous work showing that dampness and mould can increase the risk of allergic diseases.