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.
Current Projects - February 2018
"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 Phase II. Through Phase I 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 Phase II entails the administration of surveys to residents of a sample of multifamily buildings throughout the northeast and midwest United States. Property managers will also be surveyed to gain insights on their observations of the health and resilience of their residents as well as the resilience of the building systems. A subsample of residents will also be part of an indoor environmental quality study to monitor humidity and temperature both pre- and post-weatherization.
Both phases of this project are 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 II.