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TN 62: Energy and environmental quality of low income households

Santamouris M., 2007
Bibliographic info: AIVC Technical Note 62, 2007, 27 pp
Languages: English Pages (count): 27

Low income households in developed and less developed countries suffer from serious indoor environmental problems like heat stress, lack of comfort and poor indoor air quality. This has a very serious impact on the quality of life and health of poor citizens. More than 2 million deaths per year are attributable to indoor air pollution from inadequate use of fuels, while thousands of low income citizens die because of high indoor temperatures.

Energy consumption is an indicator of the quality of life. Energy is linked with all aspects of development and has a tremendous impact on the wellbeing of citizens, with respect to health, education, productivity, economic opportunities, etc. The current situation on energy supply and consumption is characterised by wide disparities between the developed and developing world.

This report, aims to examine the impact of the energy use, or non use, on the indoor environmental conditions in households occupied by low income people. Also, to investigate the specific physiological and air quality problems caused by the lack or the non appropriate use of energy, and to identify ways that proper ventilation techniques can assist vulnerable and poor population to improve indoor conditions and decrease the associated environmental stress.

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