Healthy Housing – an Emerging Field in Home Performance
People flocked to healthy homes sessions at the HPC’s largest-ever conference in March, 2017. Non-energy benefits associated with energy efficiency upgrades have long been discussed, but this was the first time a national conference track was devoted exclusively to healthy housing and indoor air quality (IAQ).
Sessions covered technical topics and current research, innovative program designs, and healthy home assessment education. See the set of presentations here.
Eager to learn about this emerging field, attendees filled each session (often beyond capacity). Central to the discussion is how to support the existing home performance workforce to seize this massive opportunity: The IAQ market is projected to total $10.8 Billion by 2021. Asthma costs have soared to $56 billion annually. How can we address and leverage this within home performance?
Heard at track sessions:
– “Our industry faces the conundrum of how to best get connected to the health industry.”
– “A key opportunity for successfully integrating programs is to find managed health care providers that are receptive to prescribing healthy home assessments.”
See more quotes in the original article, plus a summary of Julie Michals’ panel What Do We Really Know About the Health Benefits of Energy Upgrades? with industry experts.