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...
- Live either in Portland metro area or the Bend-Redmond region of Oregon
- Own and live in a single family home that was built before 1993
- And are either
- Preparing to complete a home weatherization upgrade, OR
- Willing to be a comparison home for the study while not completing home weatherization
- Plan to live in the home for at least one year after starting in the study
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.