Are retrofitted social houses sufficiently reflecting the holistic health and wellbeing requirements of older people?

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Energy efficiency improvements require robust decision-making processes due to their complex and demanding interconnections, and the associated impacts to health and wellbeing. This is of particular importance to the elderly population with regards to the requirement for integration within the social care agenda and the known vulnerabilities to their immediate and surrounding environment. The complexity of delivering this agenda through a social housing focused strategy requires holistic integration across a range of service providers on a multitude of complex factors. A need is emerging to examine the relationships between energy, health and housing sectors to determine and understand the appraisal procedures in social housing and the unintended consequences that can arise. This research presents the findings of a preliminary study through a series of in-depth interviews conducted with key stakeholders under a constructivist grounded theory approach, exploring the extent to which the requirements of an older person’s health and wellbeing are holistically being addressed during the retrofit of social housing. By exploring the findings through the lens of Foucault’s theory of governmentality it was determined that the ideological barriers within governance prevent a holistic retrofit process and inhibit the potential to create collaborative decision-making across public services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management: Proceedings of 34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018
EditorsChristopher Gorse, Christopher Neilson
Place of PublicationManchester
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9955463-2-5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2018


  • ageing population
  • energy efficiency
  • social
  • strategic collaboration


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