High temperatures in homes are known to cause real problems for occupants. These range from discomfort and mild health effects, to serious health effects. Elderly people and other vulnerable groups are most at risk from these effects, and with an aging population, greater urbanisation and climate change predicted, the risk of overheating needs to be addressed.
This study aims to identify the factors present with known cases of overheating in England, to build a picture of the problem and to highlight the types of dwellings that could be at risk. It also investigates some of the solutions presently used to avoid and tackle overheating.