Healthy Buildings Vermont 2020
A building’s design and how it operates directly affect occupant health and well-being. Efficiency Vermont has a long history of helping facility managers and building owners make critical energy efficiency decisions—but what impact do these decisions have on indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health? Healthy Buildings Vermont 2020, an Efficiency Vermont research and development project, has answered that question by identifying (1) the effects energy efficiency improvements can have on occupant health and indoor environmental quality, and (2) the type of commercial customers who are interested in improving occupant health through energy retrofits. The project team used those identified effects to design a pilot project that would quantify the impacts of a commercial building’s mechanical system retrofits on occupant comfort and possible health ramifications. This summary report covers pilot project activity completed in 2020 and contains plans for 2021.