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Indoor Health Hazards: Summary of Property-Level Risk

August 25, 2017
By: Vivian Nguyen

This post is about the application of indoor health hazard data illustrated by a series of case studies on four different indoor health risks. Today is a summary of property-level risks.

Make sure to read the entire series of case studies:

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Indoor Health Hazard Data: Summary Of Property-Level Risk

Although they do not, by any means, reveal certainty and only apply to single-family homes and multi-family dwellings, case study results tell a story. For renovators and home insurance companies, they may reveal a potential opportunity, while for local and regional public health departments they may illustrate a health burden. Moreover, the results reveal some drastic differences, which underscore the need to understand hazards at the local or at least regional level.

Spatial analysis of this sort allows for a cost-effective, rapid, and informative assessment using map-based geospatial visualization tools, such as LandVision™, which is vital from both a strategic and logistical standpoint.

To this end, ownership information, such as owner name and address, is available for the overwhelming majority of the properties searched and may be used to launch informative campaigns by public health departments and/or NGOs with a focus on prevention and mitigation. Spatial analysis of this sort allows for a cost-effective, rapid and informative assessment using map-based geospatial visualization tools, such as LandVision, which is vital from both a strategic and logistical standpoint.

Conclusion

This series only begins to scratch the surface of how spatial visualization and mapping techniques can be used to identify homes at risk of certain indoor health hazards. It illustrates the potential use of existing applications by underwriters and others in the property and casualty insurance industry. It will also kindle curiosity about the wonderful world of geospatial visualization, spatial analytics, and geographical information systems (GIS).

Indoor Health Hazards (IHHs) have a unique and complex nature and there is no single methodology. And although there is a multitude of IHHs that has not been reviewed in this series, a better understanding of IHHs at the regional level leads to holistic structural design and building practices, allows for more effective public health awareness campaigns, and enhances targeted mitigation measures carried out by builders and contractors.

Author Bio

Customer success, map maker, GIS, location technology

Jose A. Robles is Senior Customer Success Analyst at Digital Map Products. First and foremost, he is a customer advocate keen on finding holistic and scalable solutions. A curious and habitual observer, his fields of study include cultural anthropology, geography, disease ecology, and the application of geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is passionate about environmental health topics and intrigued by urban landscapes. Contact Jose at jrobles@digmap.com or via LinkedIn.

 

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