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Aguilar, A J, de la Hoz-Torres, M L, Oltra-Nieto, L, Ruiz, D P and Martínez-Aires, M D (2022) Impact of COVID-19 protocols on IEQ and students’ perception within educational buildings in Southern Spain. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 755–70.

Kearns, A (2022) Housing space and occupancy standards: developing evidence for policy from a health and wellbeing perspective in the UK context. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 722–37.

Kjeldsen, L and Stender, M (2022) Bringing social sustainability into the mix: framing planning dilemmas in mixed-tenure regeneration. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 709–21.

Memari, S, Kocaturk, T, Lozanovska, M, Andrews, F and Tucker, R (2022) The interdisciplinary conceptualization of future proofing in the context of hospital buildings. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 810–26.

Willems, S, Saelens, D and Heylighen, A (2022) Discrepancies between predicted and actual indoor environmental (dis)comfort: the role of hospitalized patients’ adaptation strategies. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 792–809.

Wimalasena, N N, Chang-Richards, A, Wang, K I and Dirks, K N (2022) What makes a healthy home? A study in Auckland, New Zealand. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 738–54.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Housing; health and wellbeing; occupants; homeowners; New Zealand;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2022.2043138
  • Abstract:
    The quality of the indoor environment in dwellings is a key contributing factor to occupants' health. Existing studies have largely focused on establishing frameworks on healthy homes in directing housing policies and improving housing quality. However, there is little research investigating how occupants understand the notion of a healthy home and what elements they consider to be important for a healthy home. This is particularly the case in the New Zealand context. To address this gap, a questionnaire was undertaken consisting of 296 Aucklanders, probing the critical housing features that occupants believe affect the healthiness of a home. The results revealed that 1) the presence of mould and dampness, 2) a lack of thermal insulation and 3) the characteristics of sanitation facilities were the top three most concerning health-related risk factors. Factor analysis categorised 15 critical factors into three groups, namely: 1) sick building syndrome features; 2) water supply and sanitation features; and 3) thermal comfort features. The findings provide insights into the features occupants considered to be closely related to the healthiness of their homes. Occupants' perspectives can be considered by policy makers, housing agencies and housing developers in their decision-making tools to enhance building performance and community. wellbeing.

Wu, H, Sun, X and Wu, Y (2022) Methods for probability distributions estimation of indoor environmental parameters and long-term IEQ assessment. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 771–91.