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Tackling cold housing and fuel poverty in New Zealand: A review of policies, research, and health impacts

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  • Howden-Chapman, Philippa
  • Viggers, Helen
  • Chapman, Ralph
  • O’Sullivan, Kimberley
  • Telfar Barnard, Lucy
  • Lloyd, Bob

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About a quarter of New Zealand households are estimated to be in fuel poverty. NZ has a poor history of housing regulation, so existing houses are often poorly insulated and rental properties are not required to have insulation or heating. Average indoor temperatures are cold by international standards and occupants regularly report they are cold, because they cannot afford to heat their houses. Fuel poverty is thought to be a factor in NZ's high rate of excess winter mortality (16%, about 1600 deaths a year) and excess winter hospitalisations (8%).

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  • Howden-Chapman, Philippa & Viggers, Helen & Chapman, Ralph & O’Sullivan, Kimberley & Telfar Barnard, Lucy & Lloyd, Bob, 2012. "Tackling cold housing and fuel poverty in New Zealand: A review of policies, research, and health impacts," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 134-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:49:y:2012:i:c:p:134-142
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.09.044
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