Session Number 342

Thursday, October 29, 2020

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Energy & Healthy Home Assessments at the Same Time! It Is Possible!

Joe Medosch, Healthy Building Scientist

Hayward Score, Loveland, Colorado

Kevin Kennedy - Program Director Environmental Health

Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri

About this program:

This session will cover the overlapping areas between an Energy Audit and a Healthy Home Assessment. 


We will demonstrate the path to add the Healthy Home components with minimal effort and time to the standard energy audit. We have just added the direct and indirect health benefits from energy improvements and healthy home upgrades.


This session will define what a Healthy Home Assessment is or should be. We'll also include options that are more advanced measurements / tests that can be performed, how much additional time is needed to complete these measurements and the benefits. 

We'll also cover the documented health benefits associated with energy improvements (hint: air sealing has more health benefits than energy benefits).


This session will step through the assessment starting on the exterior, then move through the interior and includes the attic and crawlspace. As we move through the standard energy assessment we will then expand on what are other conditions that may have health risks and what to observe. The tour includes the health benefits to the energy upgrades.

Learning Objectives:


1- Be able to describe the similarities between Energy Audits and Healthy Home assessments


2- Be able to explain at least 3 individual health benefits from energy improvements


3- Be prepared to add Healthy Home assessments to their existing process


4- List 3 healthy home safety risks not associated with an energy audit

About the Presenter(s):

Joe Medosch {med-osh} - Healthy Building Scientist for Hayward Score, Owner of Energy & Environmental Consulting and Founder of HHEA, Healthy Home Environment Association. His diverse background in multiple trades provides a unique understanding of “The House as System.”  Joe has been evaluating homes (for better or worse) for 20+ years and has been a Comfort Consultant /Trainer for over 10+ years providing solutions on Healthy/Energy Efficient Home Performance.


His certifications / knowledge base and committees include: Healthy Homes Master Trainer, IAQ/IEQ assessments, ICC, BPI, RESNET, SMACNA, ASTM …

Mr. Kennedy is the Program Director of the Environmental Health Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City. He is an Environmental Hygienist and Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the field. Mr. Kennedy teaches courses in healthy home principles, environmental health assessment and investigations, environmental measurement and sampling, and building science.

Children’s Mercy Environmental Health Program – The Children’s Mercy Environmental Health Program has performed over 1400 home environmental assessments providing patient families with resources to assist them in reducing indoor environmental exposure to children. They do research on indoor environmental health issues focusing on home intervention exposure assessment, and more recently on geospatial analysis of housing conditions, health disparities and social determinants of health.

Program Level: Basic-Intermediate

Content Area(s): Occupant Health/Medical Issues, Energy Efficiency, Investigations, Testing & Research