Latest results from the 2022 Summer Survey by Sweltering Cities and Healthy Homes for Renters. 2147 people from 695 postcodes in each state and territory took part and the results are in. 

 

 

Summer-Survey

 

 

2022 Summer Survey Report

 

The Summer Survey was open for submissions from 1 December 2021 to 30 March 2022 by swelteringhomes.org and healthyhomes.org to determine how heat at home and extreme heat conditions can affect our health. Did Covid impact their heatwave safety plans and what policies or local solutions are being supported.

 

 

The 2020-21 Summer Community Survey was an initiative that engaged 700 people in Sydney, Melbourne (115 respondents) and Brisbane (35 respondents).

 

 

A Brisbane-based study of mortality data found that life-years lost begins to increase as daily mean temperatures exceed just 23°C, even though the population might be accustomed to hot weather. While these effects start at temperatures as seemingly low as 23°C, the risk increases as temperatures rise above 25°C and rises rapidly above 30°C.

 

Download 2022 Survey Results

View or download the complete report here

 

 

Extreme heat refers to temperatures above 35°

 

Many in Australia live in low-quality housing with limited protection from extreme heat. Homes without external shading, nearby trees, ceiling insulation, ventilation, or access to efficient air-conditioning are failing to protect those who live inside them.

 

The WHO Housing and Health Guidelines note “Protection against outdoor heat is a key characteristic of healthy housing”. Homes without external shading, nearby trees, ceiling insulation, ventilation, or access to efficient air-conditioning are failing to protect those who live inside them.

 

Renters can have a higher risk of heat exposure at home due to a lack of control over housing conditions. This impacts renters’ physical and mental health, with poor quality housing contributing to increasing stress and worsening mental illness.

Information supplied by Sweltering Cities

 

 

45% of renters said they would like more insulation in their homes

 

Summer-Survey-07

 

 

Are there changes you would like to see in your suburb to make it cooler or safer?

 

 

  • Survey Results
  • More trees 80.4%
  • Lighter coloured roofs, streets and buildings to reflect heat 62.4%
  • Bus shelters and seats for bus stops 50.5%
  • More shady parks 65.3%
  • Shade or shelter on walking routes 70.1%
  • Cool places for people to go to during heatwaves 64.4%



 

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