IAQ & Healthy Homes

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Impact of Home Performance on Childhood Asthma in Market-Rate Homes

Tuesday, April 24
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon D (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Despite strong evidence that home performance strategies improve health outcomes in the Weatherization Assistance Program, little research has been done in market rate homes in this country. Until now. The HEALTH-R Study, www.healthyhomestudy.com, examines the link between enhancing indoor air quality and reducing childhood asthma symptoms. This pilot study is taking place in Maryland and results will be available in early 2018.  This session will offer one of the first forums to describe the home performance activities tested and disseminate the findings. The results could provide home performance contractors with a blueprint on the elements needed to successfully sell the idea of a healthy home to market rate customers.

Laura Capps

Emerging Technologies and Services Manager
Efficiency Vermont

Laura facilitates the identification, research, development, and qualification of new disruptive technologies and services for Efficiency Vermont's future portfolio. Her current projects cover a wide variety of topics such as healthy homes, low-cost monitoring for small commercial and using advanced metering information to impact grid load shapes. Previously, Laura led the Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative and Residential Green Building Services department for Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, GA. Laura holds degrees in sustainable development and building construction from Appalachian State and Georgia Tech respectively, and numerous industry certifications and awards.


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Brian Toll


Brian Toll founded ecobeco in 2008 to focus on helping consumers adopt energy-efficiency solutions. Brian is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Indoor Air Quality Subcommittee. Brian is currently Chair of the Maryland Building Performance Association (formerly Efficiency First Maryland). Brian has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Jonathan Wilson

Deputy Director
National Center for Healthy Housing

Mr. Wilson has worked at NCHH since 1993. During his tenure, Mr. Wilson has served as a program manager for research, technical assistance and policy work. He was a lead author on a report published in December 2016 by DOE of the health impact of energy retrofits. He is currently project director of a study in Maryland of the benefits of home performance activities in Maryland and is preparing a report on the impact of improved ventilation in multifamily properties. He previously co-authored a report on opportunities to support health and safety activities in the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program and studied the effects of lead-safe weatherization. He came to the NCHH with a background in non-profit housing development and a Master’s of Public Policy.


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