Five Populations

The burdens of conventional buildings fall particularly heavy on the shoulders of five populations. These people would benefit immensely from the widespread adoption of this technology.


Adults and children exposed to persistent noise.

People in certain neighborhoods live with high levels of noise that can interfere with their ability to focus or sleep. Passive buildings are far quieter than conventional buildings and can greatly improve this situation.


Recipients of energy assistance.

Millions of households receive energy assistance each year but funding for this program is being reduced over time, so the number of people eligible for assistance far exceeds the number of people who receive it.


People with respiratory conditions:

There are over 23 million people in the U.S. with asthma. Chronic exposure to pollutants in a person’s home can result in frequent aggravation of that condition—and loss of sleep, missed workdays and emergency room visits.


Children exposed to pollution at developmentally important periods:

According to the EPA, the air quality in homes is, on average, two to five times worse than outdoor air and can be as much as a hundred times worse than outdoor air. This can be particularly harmful to children under the age of five.


Low income populations:

Low income populations are disproportionately affected by high fuel costs, substandard construction practices and exposure to air and noise pollution.