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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Hard-to-heat homes

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NICE Guideline NG6 - Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes

Hard-to-heat homes include:
- those with solid walls
- those with no loft space
- those in a state of disrepair
- high rise blocks
- those not connected to (and that cannot be connected to) the gas grid.

Other factors, such as listed architectural features, accessibility or construction quality may make it difficult to significantly improve the SAP rating (see standard assessment procedure below). Such properties are sometimes described as 'hard to treat'. Although important, the major issue from a health perspective is to ensure properties are not 'hard to heat'.

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