Overheating in care homes with Mike Davies, University College London and a response from April Cole, Quality Care Commission
In the coming decades the UK is expected to experience hotter and drier summers, and more frequent and intense heatwaves. The UK also has a rapidly ageing population, with people aged 75 or over expected to account for 13% of the total population by 2035. Older populations can be more vulnerable to heat stress due to underlying chronic health complications. As older people spend much of their time indoors, their exposure to heat is largely governed by the indoor environment. In care homes, poor building design, ineffective heat management, and diverging needs and preferences between staff and residents may contribute to increased indoor heat exposure with detrimental consequences for the health of the most vulnerable residents. This webinar will describe the work to date of the ‘ClimaCare’ project in addressing these issues. We will discuss the monitoring and modelling that we have undertaken and also provide details of some initial work to monetize the health benefits of adaptations designed to protect against heat risks.
I am Professor of Building Physics and Environment at University College London (UCL). My research interests lie in the provision of healthy and comfortable built environments in the context of a changing climate. I was the founding Director of the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. I am currently a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change (Adaptation) and Director of the multi-disciplinary Complex Built Environment Systems group at UCL.
April Cole, Quality Care Commission