National Healthy Homes Month: Healthy Homes are Pest Free!
HPC is excited to partner with HUD’s National Healthy Homes Month campaign. Last week we discussed HPC’s commitment to this cause by evidence of our health and comfort sessions presented at HPC/ACI conferences over the past 31 years. Click here to read that post.
Over the next few weeks, we will share a variety of IAQ & Healthy Homes sessions found at HPC conferences, demonstrating HPC’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 Pest Free!
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 Pest Free, “learn about the hazards that are a moving target like pets and pests” theme, we’d like to highlight the Weatherize & Exclude Pests: Two Birds, One Stone session presented by Jayne Windham, Consultant and Trainer, Cornell University's Stop Pests Program.
In this session, Ms. Windham discussed the many energy efficiency measures taken to weatherize a home that can also double as pest exclusion measures. Pest exclusion is an essential step in an integrated pest management (IPM) program. Sealing up cracks and crevices, reducing moisture problems, and adding insulation with pest repellents, all make a home less accessible to pests.
Weatherization providers can increase the impact of energy efficiency funds while adding the benefit of pest exclusion. In this session, attendees found out what research-based, energy efficiency methods, materials and techniques can add value by keeping pests out, and learned tips for protecting themselves while visiting or working in infested units.
If you are a home inspector, contractor or weatherization professional we will have similar sessions available at the 2018 HPC National Home Performance & Trade Show. We hope you can join us. If you are a homeowner or renter concerned about pesky pests, download the Healthy Homes Basics app (Apple or Android) to learn about hazards that are a moving target like pets and pests. For more information, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/bedbugs and www.epa.gov/pesticides/controlling National Pesticide Information Center www.npic.orst.edu (800)858-7378 and/or Stop Pests in Housing www.stoppests.org.
HPC is committed to educating the pros! The Home Performance Coalition 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.