WHO Housing and Health Guidelines

Cover WHO Housing and Health Guidelines

Housing and the built environment have a profound impact on human health.

The housing sector (commercial and residential) is responsible for approximately 19% of global greenhouse gas emissions and approximately one-third of black carbon emissions - a major component of particulate air pollution. Housing conditions also affect health with respect to building siting and land use, choices of construction materials, design features, and ventilation and energy.

This resource from the World Health Organisation considers the body of evidence on the health impacts of housing, sets out relevant strategies and examines housing mitigation measures with the greatest co-benefits to health, supported by useful guidance and case studies.