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Table 1 Components of a housing Respiratory Hazard Index together with proportion of houses with specified hazard as rated by inspector (N = 891; percentages calculated on valid responses only)

From: A measure for quantifying the impact of housing quality on respiratory health: a cross-sectional study

Feature assessed N %
feels a little damp 182 23%
feels quite damp 32 4%
in shade - partial 389 49%
in shade - substantial 82 10%
house smells musty 37 5%
any mould in bedrooms/living rooms 39 4%
unflued gas heater* in any bedrooms/living rooms 212 24%
fungi/mould on joists or bearers 22 4%
no floor insulation 527 87%
minor leaks in roof 114 13%
major leaks in roof 26 3%
ponding of water under house 32 4%
no ceiling insulation** 891 100%
no wall insulation** 891 100%
  1. *includes unflued reticulated gas heaters as well as portable LPG heaters.
  2. **not included in the Respiratory Hazard Index for the current study as no houses had wall or ceiling insulation at the time of the study.