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Type: Journal article
Title: Living environment, heating-cooling behaviours and well-being: Survey of older South Australians
Author: Soebarto, V.
Bennetts, H.
Hansen, A.
Zuo, J.
Williamson, T.
Pisaniello, D.
van Hoof, J.
Visvanathan, R.
Citation: Building and Environment, 2019; 157:215-226
Publisher: Elservier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0360-1323
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Veronica Soebarto, Helen Bennetts, Alana Hansen, Jian Zuo, Terence Williamson, Dino Pisaniello, Joost van Hoof, Renuka Visvanathan
Abstract: At a time when the population is ageing and most people choose to live in their own home for as long as possible, it is important to consider various aspects of supportive and comfortable environments for housing. This study, conducted in South Australia, aims to provide information about the links between the type of housing in which older people live, the weather and occupants’ heating and cooling behaviours as well as their health and wellbeing. The study used a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system to survey 250 people aged 65 years and over who lived in their own home. The respondents were recruited from three regions representing the three climate zones in South Australia: semi-arid, warm temperate and temperate. The results show that while the majority of respondents reported being in good health, many lived in dwellings with minimal shading and no wall insulation and appeared to rely on the use of heaters and coolers to achieve thermally comfortable conditions. Concerns over the cost of heating and cooling were shared among the majority of respondents and particularly among people with low incomes. Findings from this study highlight the importance of providing information to older people, carers, designers and policy makers about the interrelationships between weather, housing design, heating and cooling behaviours, thermal comfort, energy use and health and well-being, in order to support older people to age in place independently and healthily.
Keywords: Older people; housing; household survey; heating and cooling; health and well-being
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.03.023
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