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Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn
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Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Ellen Tohn

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  • 1. Health Benefits of Energy Improvements Ellen Tohn Tohn Environmental Strategies
  • 2. Health Benefits of Energy “Touches” Young children receiving fuel assistance are healthier than their peers who do not get fuel assistance  Healthier babies - 20% less likely to be underweight for age or length  Reduced hospital stays in colder months - 30% less likely to require admission after visiting emergency room. Source: Frank et al, Heat or Eat, Pediatrics, 2006
  • 3. Current Asthma Rates 20 million adults 4 million kids
  • 4. Slide Title • Improved asthma outcomes if weatherization added to community health worker visits (Bryesse, 2013) • Weatherization yielded fewer sinus infections, reduced asthma medication use (Wilson, 2013) Health Benefits of Energy “Touches”
  • 5. New Energy Efficient & Ventilated Homes Symptom EE Homes Control Homes P-value Runny Nose -28% -16% 0.010 Sneezing -28% -16% 0.020 Throat irritation -31% -17% 0.004 Cough -36% -20% 0.002 Fatigue -37% -23% 0.009 Irritability -39% -22% 0.002 Significant health improvements in new homes when compared to control homes, many of which had HRVs (62%) Leech et al. Indoor Air 2004
  • 6. Slide TitleCaution: Radon Can Increase 63% 21% 2% 14% Pre & Post <4 Pre<4 and Post >4 Pre >4 to Post <4 Pre & Post >4 Source: Tohn, MIAQC 2012 56 homes 1.6 (pCi/L) increase
  • 7. Ventilation Matters
  • 8. Slide Title • Reducing fuel use & providing a warmer home improves health – asthma, allergies, general health • Be sure to take precautions – radon & ventilation • Opportunities to add repairs & property management to enhance health benefits – IPM: Boston documents 50% reduction in asthma rates – Smoke Free Housing: Reduces owner costs & asthma risks – Green Cleaning: Reduces costs & worker Take Aways

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