Saving Energy, Improving Health: Potential Impacts of Energy Efficiency Program Design on Noise and Air Pollution Exposure

Authors: San Francisco Department of Public Health, Tim Choi, Rajiv Bhatia

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

An HIA that used environmental quality and housing data to evaluate how health benefits of energy efficiency retrofits vary with levels of exposure and type of improvement. The HIA estimated that standard energy efficiency upgrades would likely reduce deaths attributable to ambient PM2.5 by 4%. The addition of filtered mechanical ventilation to the standard energy efficiency upgrades would likely further reduce PM2.5-attributable deaths by an estimated 43-55%. The HIA estimated that about 14% of the population in San Francisco is negatively impacted by ambient noise levels. Standard energy efficiency upgrades would likely reduce the proportion of the affected population to 8%. Standard energy efficiency upgrades, combined with acoustical protections, would likely further reduce the proportion of the affected population to 2%.

Completion Date: May 2013

HIA Report: Saving Energy, Improving Health: Potential Impacts of Energy Efficiency Program Design on Noise and Air Pollution Exposure

Summary of the HIA

Background and Policy Context

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