Poor Housing Conditions Cause More Harm To Kids Than Car Incidents - NZ Herald - 30/08/2017

Ventilation Issues In The News

The state of housing in NZ when it comes to cold, damp housing stock with inadequate ventilation, heating and insulation has been back in the news recently with a report by the NZ Herald's Kirsty Johnston highlighting that cold, damp and overcrowded housing is responsible for more harm to our children than car incidents on our roads. 

What is perhaps most alarming is that 20 children die every year and a further 30,000 are hospitalised for illnesses that healthier housing could help to prevent. Despite increased awareness and efforts by multiple parties over the past few years the issue is not going away. Hospital admissions for bronchiectasis, a respiratory disease caused by cold & damp living conditions have doubled between 2010 and 2016 with New Zealand having far higher rates of the illness than other comparative OECD nations. 

To view Kirsty's original article in full please go to - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913397

To read more on the impacts of poorly ventilated homes please check out these resources on the issue:

Damp and Mould In the Home

Asthma and Allergies 

Condensation Control

Sources Of Moisture In The Home