Translating Research

Translating Research into Healthy Homes Improvements

Practitioners traditionally rely on conferences and publications to introduce and explain new research. Yet, they need additional forums to ensure that research results are timely and to provide an interactive exploration of the findings.  

NCHH and ACI designed the calls for health and housing professionals interested in getting the latest word on intriguing healthy homes research and participating in a discussion on its implications and applications.

Thanks to HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their funding and guidance to make these calls possible.

Calls on this page are from October 2008 to January 2009.

ACI is a non-profit organization with more than 22 years of experience training building and housing professionals in 2006.  Founded as the Affordable Comfort Conference in 1986, it is rooted in defining the best way to make homes energy efficient, without harming the residents and the building.


Summary of Presentations
Date Presenter Organization Presentation Follow-Up

Oct. 20, 2008

Bud Offerman 


Indoor Environmental Engineering

Practical Ventilation Strategies and Indoor Air Quality Consequences  Ventilation Design Recommendations by Aaron Townsend, Building Science Corporation

Nov. 17, 2008

Jonathan Wilson 


National Center for Healthy Housing 

Should EPA Lead-Dust Hazard Standards be Made More Stringent?


Dec. 15, 2008

Coby Schal 


North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

How Effective are Commercial Pest Control Companies in Controlling Cockroaches?   

Jan. 20, 2009

Jim Kreiger


Seattle - King County Health Department

Healthy Homes Lessons from Seattle: Lessons from the Last Decade

ARC Business Case for IPM


Feb. 23, 2009

Terry Brennan 


Camroden Associates

Bathroom and Kitchen Ventilation: What Works?

Ventilation Recommendations

Terry Brennan - Questions and Answers on Ventilation

March 16, 2009

Melissa Malkin-Weber


Advanced Energy

"Fresh Air” Ventilation – How Fresh Is It? Research Results from 36 North Carolina Homes

Research Article

April 22, 2009 David Ormandy   Warwick School of Law in England The Costs of Unhealthy Homes

Canada's R-2000 Program

Liverpool's Funding Program Press Release

Leech Abstract on Health and Energy Efficiency

Howden-Chapman on Home Heating and Asthma

May 18, 2009 Steve Klossner Advanced Certified Thermography  Carbon Monoxide Levels and Sources in Homes - What About the Garage  
June 15, 2009 Bill Fisk Lawrence Berkley Labs  Health Implications of Moisture in Homes and What to Do About It  
July 20, 2009

Brad Turk



Environmental Building Services  Moisture Reduction Impacts of Radon Resistant Construction: When Does it Help?   
September 21, 2009 Jeff Gordan University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana  The House as a Chimney:  IAQ and Unvented Gas Fireplaces  

One week before each call, NCHH and ACI will send out an announcement on healthyhomesnet and other relevant listserves providing the agenda and details on the upcoming call. After the call, NCHH will post update the materials based on questions raised.  If you have research you want to include in the presentation, send NCHH’s Ellen Tohn an email at

The general agenda for the call will be:

3:00 ET     Welcome and Introductions – NCHH
3:05          Updates and Review of Previous Calls
3:15          Spotlight on a Research
                       Discussion of Implications and Applications
                       Follow-up Items
3:50          Suggestions for Topics for Future Calls
4:00          Adjourn

NCHH will announce the calls on healthyhomesnet listserve.  The listserve is managed by the Alliance for Healthy Homes to promote and sustain health considerations in renovation, maintenance, operation, and construction of housing.  It also focuses on maintenance and rehab of existing properties, practices and policies that apply to low-income housing, holistic approaches, and primary prevention.  Join the listserve by going to

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