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What is the purpose of the study? Researchers will examine how weatherization and home ventilation affect human health. The study will take place in Oregon’s marine and high desert climates and measure air quality and the communities of microorganisms living outside and inside homes. This will help us better understand how weatherization, indoor and outdoor environments, and climate change may influence human health. Findings will inform homeowners, building contractors, design professionals and agencies administering weatherization programs. This study will help link innovative scientific research to multiple dimensions of sustainability, including human health.

What does the study require of homeowners? Households will take part in three different assessments over a one year period. Participants will agree to having their home monitored for 2 one-week periods by researchers to collect indoor and outdoor dust and air samples and agree to participate in three online surveys.

Who can participate in the study? Household participants must...

What are the benefits of participation? Each household will receive individual home reports based on the indoor/outdoor air sampling done in the study. These reports will provide information on household air tightness, radon levels, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, ozone, particulates, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide readings in the home. Homeowners will receive up to $90 for participation that includes completion of online surveys and providing researchers access to their homes for sampling.

Who is sponsoring the study? The Home Weatherization and Air Quality Study is a partnership between the University of Oregon and Oregon Research Institute. The study is funded by a two year grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.