Relation between quality of dwelling, socio-economic status and health

In EU28 and its Member States

Published: 30/05/2017

With more than 500 million European citizens spending about 90 percent of their time indoors, buildings in Europe have a major impact on the EU citizen’s health. With a lack of research assessing the statistical links between health, socio-economic status and housing conditions, Ecofys, a Navigant company, evaluated the relation between health and housing conditions across the EU and its Member States in a new study. The study “The relation between quality of dwelling, socio-economic status and health in EU28 and its Member States” has been commissioned by Velux A/S.

The expert team focuses on two main research objectives in this study. The first objective identifies the links between different types of buildings and the socio-economic characteristics of their dwellers to conclude which part of Europe’s population should renovate their buildings most urgently for the benefit of their health. The second research objective is to find out which technical aspects need to be included in a comprehensive building strategy for the proper order of measures. These measures should not just be derived from the energetic quality of the buildings but also from the people’s vulnerability linked to specific buildings clusters.

The major results and the broader approach of the study are the main ingredients of this year’s edition of VELUX A/S’ "Healthy Homes Barometer (HHB)"