Excessive overheating in new homes a growing concern

Posted on December 14, 2012 by davidb There have been 0 comments

A new report by the NHBC Foundation has found that new homes are being built with an increased risk of overheating. This is partly down to the amount of insulation and airtightness in new builds.

The report titled Overheating in new homes: a review of the evidence takes a closer look at the existing information and evidence on overheating. Overheating is becoming a growing concern because of the health and safety of occupants living in dwellings with excess heat. This fear is especially strong during the warmer weather in the summer months.

This new report concludes that there is an urgent need to develop a new strategy plan for the increasing health risks of overheating. The report mentions that the problem is most likely to occur in new homes and flats without proper ventilation and poor indoor and outdoor heat gain. Overheating will cause the most damage to vulnerable groups in society such as the elderly, where heat exposure symptoms could develop into severe illnesses.

Neil Smith, NHBC’s group research and innovation manager, commented: “It is clear that the health risks alone indicate there is an urgent need across the industry to develop a universally accepted definition of overheating in dwellings, as well as thresholds for intervention.”

To download the latest report visit www.nhbcfoundation.org/overheatinginnewhomes

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This post was posted in News and was tagged with NHBC, Home Building, Airtightness, Overheating, Insualtion

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