Good Housing Leads to Good Health: A Toolkit

Published: September 2008

ISBN: 13 978-1-904306-83-2

Topic(s): Housing

Type(s): Professional Guidance


The aim of this toolkit is to assist environmental health practitioners and local housing managers in achieving a better understanding of the links between housing and health. Produced for the CIEH by the Building Research Establishment, it shows how links between homes and health can be made, including where possible, the cost benefit of some specifically linked housing and health issues.

Environmental health practitioners play a key role in promoting the Government’s Decent Homes programme in the private sector. This toolkit provides a method of measuring and showing the value of private sector housing intervention to health, society and quality of life.

In 2012 the Building Research Establishment (BRE) launched a new online Housing Health Cost Calculator (HHCC) which enables practitioners to measure the quantitative health impact of work undertaken to reduce and mitigate hazards defined under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Further details can be found online at 

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