Energy upgrades for healthy public housing


Refers to recent work at the Boston Housing Association (BHA) which indicates that public health concerns are a major consideration for energy-related building upgrades in public housing. Current energy-related health and safety concerns include asthma, allergies, scalding, chronic headaches and colds and poor thermal comfort. Potential causes for these health concerns include apartment overheating, condensation on exterior walls and windows, water and steam leaks, gas stove emissions, exposed radiators, inadequate ventilation and inadequate insulation. Reports an analysis of what would happen if planed energy retrofits and mechanical system upgrades were made to emphasise health and safety, with energy savings as a secondary consideration. Finds there would be multiple benefits from utility cost savings and improved indoor environment conditions

Primary Author(s): Snell J

Source: Energy Engng., 2002, vol.99, no.3, 7-20, 3 figs, 4 tabs, 16 refs.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000103453 Abs 20020557

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