The Convergence of Weatherization & Healthy Homes: Part 1

Led by Hector Moreno of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
This webinar will be held via Zoom.
Category: Webinar

Housing practitioners increasingly recognize that Healthy Homes Principles can help improve the indoor environment and then create durable, comfortable, and energy efficient housing. Among all the different housing improvement programs in existence today, weatherization programs offer a unique opportunity to combine weatherization activities with practical health protections that can help improve client health, safety, and comfort while lessening the burden of incurred energy usage and health-related costs. Weatherization crews are positioned to readily incorporate new strategies and have the skills to accomplish the aforementioned goals. 

This training, broken up into two 90-minute sessions, will highlight how weatherization and energy efficiency interventions can effectively mitigate common environmental hazards that cause disease or exacerbate preexisting health conditions in the homes of historically disadvantaged communities. This presentation is based on GHHI's Weatherization and Health Benefits Guidance Tool, a resource tool being developed by GHHI for energy auditors, contractors, and companies to promote the health benefits of individual weatherization measures. 

Hector Moreno, a Subject Matter Expert in Building Health, Safety & Performance with Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), will lead this training.

Topics covered:

  • Basic concepts in home energy efficiency, weatherization, and healthy homes
  • Health benefits associated with weatherization measures
  • Health and safety challenges 

This training will be broken up into two 90 minute sessions. The first session will be Sept. 10th from 1-2:30pm EST, and the second session will be Sept. 17th from 1-2:30pm EST. You can register for one part or both parts depending on your needs and schedule. Please note that you must register for both parts separately if you would like to attend the full training. 

Hector Moreno, a Subject Matter Expert in Building Health, Safety & Performance with Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), will lead this training.

Hector Moreno oversees the Quality Assurance & Quality Control program for Housing Interventions and, as GHHI’s Building Performance Subject Matter Expert, provides technical support GHHI sites in housing environmental and energy matters.

 Before coming to GHHI, Mr. Moreno worked for 16 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Microbiologist and Environmental Scientist. He later joined the Cincinnati Health Department in Ohio where he worked as an Environmental Health Sanitarian enforcing food safety codes and addressing indoor environmental factors affecting public health.

 Mr. Moreno holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish. He is an active member of the National Environmental Health Association, a licensed Pest Control Operator in Maryland, Mold Inspector, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Energy Auditor and BPI Quality Control Inspector.

This session will explore the intersection of weatherization and Healthy Homes Principles. The topics to be covered are:

  1. Basic concepts in home energy efficiency, weatherization, and Healthy Homes
    • Insulation principles
    • Why is air-sealing the home important?
    • What is the meaning of air-changes per hour?
    • Common energy efficient retrofits installed during home weatherization
  2. Health benefits associated with weatherization
    • Building shell measures
    • Mechanical measures
    • Electric base-load measures

This webinar is free for members, but is open to all.

Please note that this event is only for the first part of the two-part series.

For More Information:

Megan Goyer

Megan Goyer

Membership & Program Coordinator, Coalition for Home Repair