Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Deborah Philbrick

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  • Have breaker slides or not? Should we have multiple photos here indicating different building types? Name TBD
  • Have breaker slides or not? Should we have multiple photos here indicating different building types? Name TBD
  • Have breaker slides or not? Should we have multiple photos here indicating different building types? Name TBD
  • Have breaker slides or not? Should we have multiple photos here indicating different building types? Name TBD
  • Increased severity in asthma measures of symptoms and days with difficult sleeping.
  • Sinusitis and hypertension have a previously been shown to better with EE
    Recommend that future studies measure temperature and dampness
  • Housing Opportunity 2014 - Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency, Deborah Philbrick

    1. 1. ©2014 Elevate Energy Making the Case for Energy Efficiency Deborah Philbrick May 15, 2014
    2. 2. ©2014 Elevate Energy Energy Efficient Buildings Making energy efficiency upgrades easy and affordable Program approach guides property owners through the upgrade process  Energy assessments  Cost-effective recommendations  Financing options through lending partners and assistance in obtaining incentives and rebates  Construction oversight and quality assurance  Savings monitoring and reporting
    3. 3. ©2014 Elevate Energy What we do…
    4. 4. ©2014 Elevate Energy The Benefits of Energy Efficiency Driving investment in energy efficiency requires measuring of all benefits.  Non-energy benefits  Job creation  Lower building operating costs  Tenant retention  HEALTH and safety
    5. 5. ©2014 Elevate Energy Health and Safety Concerns  Under/overheated units  Combustion byproducts  Natural gas leaks  Asbestos  Lead*
    6. 6. ©2014 Elevate Energy Case Study: Boulevard Apartments  70 Units across 3 buildings  Gut rehabbed in 1991  Tenant paid gas and electricity  19% gas cost savings  17% reduction maintenance costs  89% of tenants said they would ask about efficiency  30% of tenants more confident and less stress
    7. 7. ©2014 Elevate Energy Watts to Well-being in a nutshell…  Implement energy efficiency upgrades in 248 households across Boston, Chicago, and NYC  Take baseline assessments of self-rated health, home conditions, and air quality pre-retrofit (median=2 weeks)  Repeat measurements post-retrofit (40%=12 months; 60%= 3.5 months)
    8. 8. ©2014 Elevate Energy Highlights from the Results- Health Post-retrofit (Adults):  Decrease in self-rated:  Fair/poor general health (11%)  Sinusitis (5%)  Hypertension (14%)  Use of asthma medication (20%)*  Uncomfortable temperature in winter 55%39%  Uncomfortable temperature in summer 64%45%  Water leak or dampness 52%42%
    9. 9. ©2014 Elevate Energy Conclusions  It’s important to tailor the benefits you discuss to the stakeholder (building owners, financiers)  Think local  The need for cross-industry funded projects  Energy  Housing  Health  Water
    10. 10. ©2014 Elevate Energy Questions? -- Stay in Touch @elevate_energy Facebook/elevateenergy LinkedIn Deborah Philbrick Deborah.Philbrick@ElevateEnergy.org 773.321.2682 ElevateEnergy.org

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