September 13, 2018
Healthy Building Network (HBN) released Making Affordable Multifamily Housing More Energy Efficient: A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials, a report made in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) initiative and other partners, to reveal ways people can improve energy efficiency and reduce toxic chemical exposures.
The report highlights chemicals of concern commonly found in insulation and sealant products and suggests healthier material options for weatherization programs. The study also includes relative cost information, performance characteristics, installation and code considerations, and introduces a discussion of policies that may impact material decisions.
“As we work to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, we must also weigh the potential health impacts of building materials on workers, occupants, and the broader environment. This report provides important details and recommendations for affordable, multifamily energy efficiency upgrades and the broader construction market,” said Rebecca Stamm, HBN senior researcher and a lead author of the report.
Among the findings:
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