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Evaluating energy, health and carbon co-benefits from improved domestic space heating: a randomised community trial

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posted on 2022-08-26, 07:28 authored by N Preval, Ralph ChapmanRalph Chapman, N Pierse, P Howden-Chapman, Housing, Heating and Health Gr
In order to value the costs and benefits associated with improved space heating we analysed the Housing, Heating and Health Study, a randomised community trial involving installation of energy efficient and healthy heaters (heat pump, wood pellet burner or flued gas heater) in homes with basic insulation and poor heating, occupied by households which included a child with asthma. We compared the initial purchase and installation cost of heaters with changes in the number of visits to health professionals, time off work/school, caregiving, and pharmaceutical use for household members and changes in total household energy use and carbon emissions following the intervention. We used two scenarios to analyse the results over the predicted 12-year life-span of the heaters. The targeted approach (Scenario A - assuming high rates of household asthma throughout the period of analysis) produced enough health-related benefits to offset the cost of the heaters, and when total energy use and carbon emission savings were included in the analysis the ratio of benefits to costs was 1.09:1. The untargeted approach (Scenario B - assuming typical New Zealand asthma rates throughout the period of analysis) had a ratio of total benefits to costs of 0.31:1. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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Preval, N., Chapman, R., Pierse, N., Howden-Chapman, P. & Housing, Heating and Health Gr, . (2010). Evaluating energy, health and carbon co-benefits from improved domestic space heating: a randomised community trial. Energy Policy, 38(8), 3965-3972. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.03.020

Journal title

Energy Policy

Volume

38

Issue

8

Publication date

2010-01-01

Pagination

3965-3972

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

ISSN

0301-4215

eISSN

1873-6777

Language

en