Session Number: PR-03

Pass the IAQ, Please:

Engaging Vermonters at Home

Phoebe Howe - Program Manager

Efficiency Vermont

About this program:

IAQ isn't a dinner table topic... yet. But that's a driving goal of ours at Efficiency Vermont. Why? It's not enough to discuss IAQ just among industry professionals; homeowners ultimately need to be empowered to protect their family's health. 

We'll kick off the session by showing you what we found through Efficiency Vermont IAQ data collection efforts that took place in 2017-2020. We tested dozens of homes, and you can see the unsettling results for yourself. 

Next, you'll hear how Efficiency Vermont responded to these findings by updating residential programs for improved IAQ outcomes - both in existing homes and new construction - and how we hope to continue advancing IAQ through future program offerings. 

Then, you'll learn about how our IAQ monitor lending library - with 50+ Air Visual Pros deployed to homeowners statewide - is turning IAQ into a family project, one dinner table at a time. Learn about program design and how homeowners respond to real-time IAQ monitoring in their homes. Hint: range hoods are now for more than when the popcorn burns.    

You'll leave understanding the successes and challenges of engaging Vermonters on IAQ, and armed with resources to start doing the same in your own workplace and community. Bring your questions and stories!

About the Presenter:

Phoebe Howe is a Program Manager at Efficiency Vermont.  She coordinates the Healthy Homes Pilot and Zero Energy Modular initiatives, in addition to other projects promoting healthy homes and high performance new construction. Phoebe is passionate about supporting affordable housing organizations, builders, and Vermonters of all backgrounds in their quest for the healthiest, most affordable, and most resilient home possible. Prior to joining Efficiency Vermont in 2016, Phoebe received an architecture and environmental studies education from Middlebury College and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

Program Level: Basic-Intermediate

Content Areas: Building Design & Construction (including Green), Energy Efficiency, High Performance Buildings Investigations, Testing & Research