2015 Progress Report: Climate Change Mitigation in Low-Income Communities in Colorado: Home Weatherization Impacts on Respiratory Health and Indoor Air Quality during WildfiresEPA Grant Number: R835752
Title: Climate Change Mitigation in Low-Income Communities in Colorado: Home Weatherization Impacts on Respiratory Health and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfires
Investigators: Miller, Shelly , Adgate, John L. , Carlton, Elizabeth , Humphrey, Jamie L. , Root, Elisabeth , Shrestha, Prateek
Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder , The Ohio State University , University of Colorado at Denver
Current Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder , The Ohio State University , University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
EPA Project Officer: Ilacqua, Vito
Project Period: November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2017 (Extended to June 30, 2018)
Project Period Covered by this Report: November 1, 2014 through October 31,2015
Project Amount: $999,899
RFA: Indoor Air and Climate Change (2014) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Climate Change , Air
Objective 1: Assess leakage area, ventilation rates, and indoor air quality of low-income homes, both weatherized and non-weatherized, across the Front Range of Colorado.
Objective 2: Evaluate the association of indoor air quality and several health outcomes in low-income homes, both weatherized and non-weatherized, across the Front Range of Colorado.
Objective 3: Compare indoor and outdoor air quality and health outcomes in weatherized compared to non-weatherized homes during large wildfires across the Front Range of Colorado.
Progress to date has been good. Our field campaign now is in full swing, and started in the fall of 2015. Project staffing was completed in June of 2015 when the project post-doc and field staff were all hired. Recruiting and study execution were delayed because our original planned collaboration with the Colorado Energy Office was cancelled. We subsequently were able to collaborate with Xcel Energy of Colorado and Habitat for Humanity of Denver. We have completed 19 home visits as of December 2015.
To date, we are on track to complete our goals and objectives; however, we anticipate that we will be about 6 months behind our original time line due to difficulty with our recruiting strategy, which was originally to be done in collaboration with the Colorado Energy Office.
Next year, we plan to complete at least 100 home visits for our main study and at least 20 fire study visits, depending on the fire season this year. We are starting to organize the measurements for our field study and have at least 10 homes already interested in participating in the study.