The first fully comparative study of fuel poverty across the EU, this work analyses the relationship between domestic energy efficiency, fuel poverty and health. The book adopts a holistic approach, incorporating a large number of social and economic risk factors to present a large-scale, cross-country, longitudinal analysis. The book is unique in: * Developing a new (consensual) methodology for calculating cross-country fuel poverty levels; * Presenting a detailed econometric/statistical analysis of EU fuel poverty; * Detailing the results of an empirical investigation of EU housing conditions, affordability and housing satisfaction; * Identifying risk factors related to seasonal variations in mortality across the EU; * Offering an empirical examination of health outcomes associated with fuel poverty; * Providing startling new evidence on fuel poverty in Southern Europe. Housing, Fuel Poverty and Health provides a powerful reference source for researchers and practitioners in the areas of energy economics, public health and epidemiology, housing and social policy.
' This book makes a valuable contribution to an evidence base which demonstrates that investment in housing, and the factors that contribute to healthy housing, is much more tan an investment in bricks and mortar. Rather, it is an investment in the health and well-being of society.' Health Sociology Review, January 2008
Contents: Introduction; Housing deprivation in the EU; Fuel poverty in the EU: developing a composite measurement; The severity of fuel poverty in Ireland; Housing deprivation and self-reported health in the EU; Fuel poverty and health in Ireland; Fuel-poor households and risk factors; Fuel poverty, thermal comfort and household occupancy in Ireland; Excess winter mortality in the EU: identifying key risk factors; Policy implications, strategies and recommendations; Summary and conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.