20°C is a healthy temperature
The World Health Organisation recommends that a healthy temperature when young children, older adults or unwell or vulnerable people are present is 20°C.
We spend most of our time indoors, and when our homes are cold, damp and in disrepair, this can have a significant impact on our health. It can exacerbate diseases like rheumatic fever, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illnesses and infections, including asthma, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis.
20°C isn't being reached in the BOP
It is estimated that around 29,000 homes in the Bay of Plenty provide inadequate living conditions.
This has been caused by minimum building standards, older housing, poor materials, and deferred maintenance. Coupled with a poor housing environment, is a 'housing culture' where we accept poor housing conditions and living practices. We want to do something about that. We believe a healthy home, one that can provide a warm, dry environment will lead to a healthy whānau and community.
20°C is achievable if we work together
The housing situation we are presented with has taken over 50 years to develop, and will take a collaborative, engaged approach to improve. There are already many great programmes out there helping create warmer, drier homes. 20 Degrees aims to work with and complement these programmes towards a collective outcome that results in a warm, dry, healthy home. Learn how we will do it.