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Have you ever wondered whether your home is making you sick?

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have shown that pollutant levels INSIDE your home can be two to five times higher than outdoors [1].

Do you want to be part of a new EPA-funded study looking at the connections between energy efficiency improvements and household health?

The home weatherization agencies of Enhabit, NeighborImpact, and Multnomah County are working with researchers from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Research Institute to recruit 200 single family homeowners in the Portland metro and Central Oregon communities who either plan to weatherize their home in 2016, or have considered doing so over the last several years.

Poor indoor air is especially harmful for those with asthma or other lung diseases. The more you know, the better you can protect your home and your family. The home weatherization audit is a good first step to begin measuring a home's impact on health, identifying evidence of mold, carbon dioxide, radon and other allergens and providing a roadmap toward healthier indoor air. Participation in the 2016 Home Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality Study takes that knowledge to the next level, with an in-depth review of your home's health.

Participating homeowners will receive a $90 participation incentive, and a detailed scorecard on indoor air quality measures, and how they changed during the course of the study. For homes that are being weatherized the scorecard will show how weatherization changed indoor air quality. For homeowners who have considered weatherization but have not done so, the scorecard will give you better information to make decisions affecting indoor quality in your home.

More information about what your participation would involve.

The Home Weatherization and Air Quality Study is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is a collaborative project of the University of Oregon (the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and the Biology and the Built Environment Center) and the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon. Prof. Brown, Dr. Green, Dr. Van Den Wymelenberg at UO and Dr. Johnson-Shelton at ORI the investigators of the study.

*This project was developed under Assistant Agreement No. RD83575701 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed are solely those of the UO/ORI/Enhabit team and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.