National Healthy Homes Month: Health Impacts & Benefits of Energy Upgrades
HPC is excited to partner with HUD’s National Healthy Homes Month campaign. In the past two weeks we discussedthe Association’s commitment to this cause by evidence of our health and comfort sessions presented at HPC/ACI conferences over the past 31 years.
Over the next few weeks, we will share a variety of IAQ & Healthy Homes sessions found at HPC conferences, demonstratingthe Association’s commitment to healthy homes via our work in projects, policy and education. We hope you also get involved and follow #NHHM2017 on twitter.
This week’s theme is Home Hazard Health Impacts!
Just this year at the 2017 HPC National Conference & Trade Show hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), there were a number of technical and programmatic sessions on IAQ & Healthy Homes.
In keeping with the Home Hazard Health Impacts theme, we’d like to highlight the What Do We Really Know About the Health Benefits of Energy Upgrades? session presented by:
Julie Michals, Director of Clean Energy Valuation, E4TheFuture - Moderator
Jonathan Cohen, Lead, Better Buildings Residential Network, U.S. Department of Energy
Ely Jacobsohn, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Kennedy, Director, Environmental Health, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Ellen Tohn, Principal, Tohn Environmental Strategies
Jonathan Wilson, Director of Research and CFO, National Center for Healthy Housing
In this session, the panel presented and discussed how the existing work of home performance delivers health benefits. It covered the potential of addressing needs and interests of health partners, utility and energy program managers, and presented the results of two recent literature reviews conducted by E4TheFuture and the Department of Energy that assessed the co-benefits of energy efficiency and green rehab work.
The panel explored opportunities and challenges for programs that provide co-benefits, and highlighted innovative programs delivering integrated energy and environmental health responses in collaboration with health partners. The session included brief presentations followed by discussion that engaged the audience to provide input to the forthcoming DOE Roadmap for Integrating Health and Home Performance.
If you work for a utility, are an energy program manager, work in weatherization, for a non-profit, in programs, government or as a contractor, we will have similar sessions available at the 2018 HPC National Home Performance & Trade Show. We hope you can join us.
HPC is committed to harard-free, healthy homes! The Building Performance Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with industry leaders in the home performance and weatherization industries. HPC collaborates with like-minded organizations to ensure all homes are healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient through research, education and outreach.