On November 17, 2011, EPA released its Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for home energy upgrades to better integrate health protections into energy efficiency programs. According to EPA, this guidance will provide the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling. These protocols describe a step-by-step process for conducting assessments to evaluate indoor air conditions and the potential for risks that may arise during residential energy upgrades. The protocols include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to maintain or improve indoor air quality.
The protocols serve as a companion document to the Department of Energy’s guidelines for home energy professionals. These guidelines are intended to foster the growth of a skilled work force that will increase the homeowner’s confidence in the retrofit industry and increase the demand for home energy retrofits.