Modelling the impact of fuel poverty and energy efficiency on health

Start Date: November 2016
Completion Date: July 2017
Grant Holders: University of Exeter Medical School
Main Contacts: Dr Ben Wheeler, Senior Research Fellow & Dr Richard Sharpe, Associate Research Fellow
Email: B.W.Wheeler@exeter.ac.uk; R.Sharpe@exeter.ac.uk

Summary
This is a collaborative fuel poverty project between the University of Exeter Medical School, Public Health Devon, Public Health Cornwall, the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and the Energy Saving Trust. In this novel exploratory study, we aim to investigate the links between changes in the built environment, fuel poverty and health. We will link a range of housing, environmental and health ‘big’ data sets to assess the sustainability and health promoting effects of improved housing across the UK. It is envisaged that this will provide a method for targeting investment and services in Devon and Cornwall, and will have relevance elsewhere.