Evidence in a new, groundbreaking Energy Department report, Home Rx: The Health Benefits of Home Performance, shows that home performance upgrades can improve the quality of a home’s indoor environment by reducing the prevalence of harmful indoor air pollutants and contaminants. Until recently, no systematic review of this evidence had been conducted, limiting full understanding of the link between home performance and health. This new report summarizes current knowledge and identifies research gaps. The design characteristics and results of each of the 40 studies considered in the report are summarized in a searchable matrix.
This paper is just one part of the Energy Department’s broader Health and Home Performance Initiative. The next step for the Initiative will be to engage with stakeholders to develop a roadmap to facilitate the home performance industry’s incorporation of healthcare into their work. Workshops are slated for conferences in January, March, and May 2017. To learn more about the Health and Home Performance Initiative, and to get involved in development of the roadmap, email homehealth@CSRA.com.