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Health Co-Benefits of the Built Environment

Health Co-benefits of the Built Environment

Built with purpose by Harvard researchers to quantify the health benefits of energy efficiency measures in buildings.

Welcome to the public beta version of the Co-Benefits of the Built Environment (CoBE) tool. This tool is useful to anyone who works with energy and buildings, wants to better understand the impact of their energy consumption, and is interested in reducing that impact. This tool may be particularly valuable to building owners, operators, and investors, especially those in locations where buildings will be affected by climate policies in the near future. 

The CoBE tool can be used to assess current building performance, as well as for future planning. The tool provides a footprint of building portfolios— consisting of the portfolio’s emissions (greenhouse gas and air pollutants), climate impacts, and public health impacts of building energy use— while benchmarking emission intensities against climate policies. 

CoBE v.2 has arrived!

We are always working on ways to make this tool more meaningful. In this version, you will find enhancements that include:

  • Can perform impact evaluations based on user input data
  • Includes health and climate impacts, in dollar terms
  • Can calculate impacts for both electricity use, and heating fuels
  • Capable of evaluating impacts of both commercial and residential buildings.

Introduction to the CoBe tool

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Case Study

Highlighted Case Study: Boston

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Relevant Research

Aug 3, 2022
Inefficient Building Electrification Will Require Massive Buildout of Renewable Energy and Seasonal Energy Storage
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Aug 4, 2021
Reconstructing the Public Health Burden of Energy During the Last Decade in the U.S. – 3 Key Takeaways
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May 5, 2021
A decade of the U.S. energy mix transitioning away from coal: historical reconstruction of the reductions in the public health burden of energy
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In The News

Jan 9, 2023
HBR: Designing Buildings that Are Both Well-Ventilated and Green
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Sep 26, 2022
The Washington Post: Want to phase out fossil fuels? We must fundamentally change our buildings.
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Aug 17, 2022
HSPH: 3 Key Takeaways from New Study on Building Electrification – Introducing the Falcon Curve
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