Creating Evidence-based Healthy and Energy-Efficient Housing

Creating Evidence-based Healthy and Energy-Efficient Housing

Date: Tuesday, March 17

Time: 8:oo AM EST

Presenters:  Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz, Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Dr. Jack Spengler, Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Description: This webinar presented an overview of the evidence base related to the connections between housing and health. Dr. Adamkiewicz and Dr. Spengler drew from the published literature to examine important indoor exposures, our understanding of their determinants, and their connections to occupant health.

Few studies on the connections between the attributes of urban residential housing and health have been conducted in China. Building on several international studies, and under the leadership of our colleagues at Tsinghua University, the China, Children, Homes, and Health (CCHH) project was launched in 2010. The first phase of this effort, conducted from 2010 through 2012, involved the completion of a cross-sectional questionnaire survey of nearly 50,000 families with children aged 1-8 years living in ten Chinese cities.  The speakers reviewed major findings from this study and put these results in context with our understanding of how indoor environments can affect human exposure to environmental pollutants. They also described our ongoing efforts to investigate the associations between attributes of residential housing, neighborhoods and their communities (and other elements of the built environment) on resident behaviors, perception and health.

Webinar Materials:

View the webinar recordings on the HAPI YouTube channel.

Download the PowerPoint slides from this webinar.

Click here to read the 2015 journal article co-written by Dr. John Spengler, Green Buildings and Health, published in Global Environmental Health and Sustainability.