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New Study: "Impact of LEED-Certified Affordable Housing on Asthma in the South Bronx"

Posted by Jim Gunshinan on June 20, 2013
New Study:
Melrose Commons in the South Bronx was one of the first neighborhoods in New York State to receive LEED Stage II Silver Certification for Neighborhood Development.
Here is more evidence that the occupants of energy efficient, healthy, and affordable housing enjoy better health compared to those in traditional low-income housing.
 
The results of an in-depth study by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City of residents who recently moved into LEED-certified low-income multifamily housing showed:
  • Decreases in continuous daily respiratory symptoms
  • Decreases in asthma symptoms disrupting sleep
  • Decreases in urgent visits to a healthcare professional for asthma
  • Fewer days with asthma symptoms; asthma episodes; days of work, school, or daycare missed; and emergency department visits
  • Education changes from pretest to posttest included increased knowledge about dust mites, roaches, mold, and chemical irritants
  • Common behavioral changes included using hypoallergenic mattress covers, using green cleaning products, and eliminating bedroom carpet

The residents were educated in healthy living and monitired for 18 months after moving in. For more on the published study, click here.

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