U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Green Housing Asthma Study
In 2010, Castle Square was selected to participate in a nationwide study of how green renovations affect the indoor environment and also if these effects have an impact on the health of children with asthma (ages 7-12 years). As part of the study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health received funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to visit homes and take measurements of the indoor air and household dust, and collect health information from children with asthma over a period of 12 months (3-4 home visit sessions throughout the year). There is also outdoor air sampling at Castle Square; this allows the researchers to adjust for possible impacts from outdoor air (traffic exhaust, pollen particles, etc.).
Children with asthma (ages 7-12) are eligible to participate. Thus far, the Harvard researchers have enrolled 15 households from Castle Square and are now embarking on the midpoint visits (e.g. 6-month home visits). At the end of the study, families will receive their individual (confidential) results, and the CDC will hold a town hall meeting for the entire Castle Square community to discuss the overall results of how Castle Square levels compare with homes in other study locations.
This study will provide insight into the benefits of green housing. To learn more about the study, contact the CDC’s Green Housing Study team, phone number (317-384-8854).