Housing and Asthma

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 199 pages
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Asthma is on the rise in a number of countries, in this volume Howieson asks what role the built environment has to play and what the construction industry can do to either slow the increase or reverse the trend. Based on the findings of a six-year research project, this book considers all aspects of housing to develop new strategies for dealing with the asthma pandemic in Britain and beyond. With the focus on the design and use pattern of our dwellings, the book looks at tackling the problems inherent in existing housing as well as forging guiding principles for the design of new dwellings, together with a financial assessment of the proposals.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The aetiology of allergy and asthma
6
The ecology and physiology of the house dust mite
23
The indoor environment and the house dust mite
36
Housing and health
45
Historical changes in domestic ventilation regimes
62
Designing a doubleblind placebocontrolled interventionist trial
74
Key findings and discussion
87
Scoping the confounding variables
106
Hazardous indoor pollutants
123
Air tightness and ventilation rates
146
Developing a new low allergen prototype dwelling
156
A fiscal strategy Fuel tax hypothecation
173
Conclusions and recommendations
186
Index
194
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