Pathways to climate adapted and healthy low income housing

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Guy Barnett
Matt Beaty
Dong Chen
Stephen McFallan
Jacqui Meyers
Minh Nguyen
Zhengen Ren
Anneliese Spinks
Xiaoming Wang


This report presents the findings from the “Pathways to Climate Adapted and Healthy Low Income Housing” project undertaken by the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship in partnership with two organisations responsible for providing social housing in Australia.

The project was based on the premise that interactions between people, housing, and neighbourhood are dynamic and best viewed as a complex, dynamic social-ecological system. Using social housing as a case study, the objectives of the project were to:

  • Model vulnerability of housing and tenants to selected climate change impacts;
  • Identify/evaluate engineering, behavioural and institutional adaptation options;
  • Scope co-benefits of climate adaptation for human health and well-being; and
  • Develop house typologies and climate analogues for national generalisations.

This project was developed with the rationale that a multi-level focus on the cross-scale interactions between housing, residents, neighbourhood, and regional climate was vital for understanding the nature of climate change vulnerability and options for adaptation. The climate change hazards that were explored were increasing temperatures and more frequent and severe heatwaves in the context of heat-related health risks to housing occupants, and changes in radiation, humidity, and wind, in relation to material durability and service life of housing components and the implications for maintenance.

Please cite as:
Barnett, G, Beaty, RM, Chen, D, McFallan, S, Meyers, J, Nguyen, M, Ren, Z, Spinks, A & Wang, X 2013, Pathways to climate adapted and healthy low income housing, National Climate Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 95 pp.

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