The Victorian Healthy Homes Program is the first randomised controlled research study of its kind in Australia, in collaboration with project sponsor Sustainability Victoria. The program is designed to measure whether making a home warmer and drier during winter leads to improved health outcomes for people experiencing chronic illnesses.
Improving home energy efficiency and warmth in around 1,000 households in western Melbourne and the Goulburn Valley. Researchers will analyse information about changes from improved home energy efficiency and warmth in:
- Household energy use and billing, energy efficiency and thermal comfort
- Health and wellbeing of householders
- Health service use
All 1000 participants have now been recruited, with home energy efficiency upgrades continuing up until Dec 2021. Results from the research are expected to be made available by Sustainability Victoria in 2022.