Title: Inadequate housing and health: an overview

Authors: Xavier Bonnefoy

Addresses: Environment and Health Consultant, Paris, France

Abstract: For many years, the housing environment has been acknowledged as one of the main settings that affect human health. Living and housing conditions are the basis of many factors influencing residential health. Still, to date there is no commonly agreed upon definition of |healthy housing|, and there are still major gaps in the knowledge on how housing conditions may affect health. Epidemiological findings suggest strong associations between housing conditions and health effects. This paper explores the relevance of housing conditions as a key factor influencing mental health, sleep quality, indoor air, home safety, accessibility, obesity, mould growth, hygrothermal conditions and energy consumption, perception of crime, and residential quality.

Keywords: housing conditions; inadequate housing; human health; evidence; living conditions; residential health; mental health; sleep quality; indoor air; home safety; accessibility; obesity; mould growth; hygrothermal conditions; energy consumption; crime perception; residential quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2007.014819

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2007 Vol.30 No.3/4, pp.411 - 429

Published online: 10 Aug 2007 *

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