Three3 (ThreeCubed) conducts innovative and interdisciplinary social science research, and offers educational programming, to promote the integrated achievement of the three pillars of sustainability—equity, environment, and economics—in combination.
"Health and Resilience Benefits of Improving the Energy Efficiency of Affordable Multifamily Housing"
We have wrapped up the planning phases of this project, and are full speed ahead with the implementation grant. Through the planning grant we developed research designs to assess the health impacts and resilience benefits—both building systems and social resilience—of improving the energy-efficiency of affordable multifamily (MF) housing. The study began with assembling stakeholder workshops in these three sectors in order to solicit inputs to numerous questions related to the research designs.
The cornerstone of the implementation grant entails the administration of surveys to residents of a large sample of multifamily buildings throughout the northeast and midwest United States. Property managers are also being surveyed to gain insights on their observations of the health and resilience of their residents as well as the resilience of the building systems. We have collected close to 1800 Phase 1 surveys and are gearing up for Phase 2 of the grant, which includes administering the ~12-month follow up survey. Phase 2 will be kicked-off Summer 2019.
This project is being supported by grants awarded by The JPB Foundation; eight utility companies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also contributing to the funding for Phase 2.