Housing and health evaluation related to general comfort and indoor thermal comfort satisfaction during the COVID-19 lockdown

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Abstract

Health evaluation of the indoor environment is an important part of the housing study. During the recent COVID-19 lockdown and the increase of longer indoor stays pose a measured threat to general health conditions of residents, especially those that live in more compact and populated living environments. For health-oriented studies that focus on the analysis of indoor environments, many variables should be taken into consideration that could also help to optimize natural lighting, natural airflow, better privacy, less noise from neighboring housing units/buildings, etc. Hence, this study focuses on satisfaction analysis of both general comfort and indoor thermal comfort. By evaluating these, we are able to shed light on inequalities that exist across a large body of 10 housing typologies in the UK. The sample-based satisfaction analysis is representative to indicate the correlations between multiple factors, and specifically those that could have negative impacts on the living indoor environments and human health. The findings of this study suggest that based on the collected data, there is a definite link between dissatisfaction rates and the implications of the housing conditions. Under the circumstances of the lockdown period, the study’s findings could help to find solutions for better indoor environment design, upgraded standards, and pathways for new policy guidelines. A discussion on correlation analysis highlights the issues that are important for the study of housing and health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-209
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume31
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Housing
  • general comfort
  • health
  • residents’ satisfaction
  • thermal comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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