TAF, the University of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing (TCH) are undertaking an unprecedented study of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in seven TCH buildings — before, during and after energy retrofits.
Research shows that the health and wellness benefits of energy retrofits can be up to triple the value of the energy savings, and jurisdictions that ignore these benefits underinvest in energy efficiency. More than 50% of Torontonians live in multi-residential buildings, including many of our most vulnerable residents. Yet there is virtually no hard data on the severity of IEQ problems in these buildings or the health impacts of multi-residential retrofits.
The study will be monitoring temperature, humidity, and air quality, with data collected from about 100 suites. The pre-retrofit results will be used to help design the energy retrofits for maximum IEQ impact, while final results will inform future projects. The retrofits are being funded by TAF as part of our TowerWise Energy Efficiency Demonstration (TWEED) initiative.