Green homes asthma risk?

More energy efficient homes may be adding to a rise in the risk of developing asthma according to recent research by Exeter University Medical School.

A study of 900 homes operated by Coastline Housing Association in Cornwall suggested a direct link between increasing energy efficiency ratings and the likelihood of seeking medical treatment for asthma.

Whilst recent legislation and initiatives have been pushing towards creating carbon neutral homes, it is feared that a lack of ventilation exacerbates the chances of resdients developing or aggravating the bronchial condition. The correlation appears to be the same for both new and refurbished homes.

One of the issues identified was selective heating of homes that could create damp and mould - factors that are known to contribute to asthma.

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