Velux ‘Healthy Homes Barometer’ highlights links between dampness, mold and asthma

Dampness causes asthma for 2.2 million Europeans

July 7, 2017

The Velux Group, which manufactures products like roof windows and skylights, has released the ‘Healthy Homes Barometer 2017’. According to Velux, the Healthy Homes Barometer is “a series of Pan-European surveys designed to investigate the link between homes and health”. Three organizations contributed to the publication, including consulting firm Ecofys, research organization Fraunhofer, and economic consultancy Copenhagen Economics.

According to data in the Barometer, Europeans living in a damp home are, on average, 1.7 times more likely to report ill health than people living in homes without damp. Living in a dark home is also associated with higher rates of poor health. Damp and mold is closely related to asthma rates; analysis conducted by Fraunhofer shows that people are 40% more likely to report symptoms of asthma if they live in a damp and moldy house. In total, 2.2 million Europeans are thought to have asthma as a direct result of damp and moldy living conditions.

The Healthy Homes Barometer emphasizes home renovation as an important option for improving health outcomes.

The Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 is available for download using the links below.

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