We’re excited to launch the Breathe Easy Home Podcast – Examining the Link Between Indoor Air Quality and Health. If you or your family suffer from asthma, allergies, or COPD, do you feel better when you are home? Well, you should. Most of us spend over half our time at home, and that makes our indoor environment just as important to our health as the outdoor environment. In 2015, Breathe Easy Home (www.breatheeasyhome.org) created its Indoor Air Quality System. Using the latest technology and best practices from the home improvement industry, this system upgrades your home to reduce asthma and allergy triggers. By avoiding triggers, you should feel better. In 2016, the National Center for Healthy Housing (www.nchh.org), a national leader in housing research, initiated the HEALTH-R Study (www.healthyhomestudy.com). This study will test the effects of the Breathe Easy Home Indoor Air Quality System on asthmatic children. Season 1 of this podcast follows the progress of the HEALTH-R Study.
Today’s topic is to introduce a study called “HEALTH-R” which stands for Housing and Energy Attributes Linked to Health through Retrofits. The HEALTH-R Study examines the link between enhancing indoor air quality and reducing childhood asthma symptoms. To learn more about the HEALTH-R Study, please visit the website www.healthyhomestudy.com. The HEALTH-R Study is now accepting applications. The study enrollment period lasts until May 31st, 2016.
On today’s show, we talk to David Jacobs, Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing, and the principal investigator of the HEALTH-R Study. Dr. Jacobs discusses the study rationale, and why he thinks the Breathe Easy Home Indoor Air Quality System will help children with asthma. We also talk to Reuven Walder, Vice-President at ecobeco, which is the firm that will be installing the solution for the HEALTH-R study. Mr. Walder gives an overview of the system.
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