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Schools and other educational facilities present unique problems to designers and HVAC practitioners. Most schools are diverse structures with different requirements for classrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, cafeterias and auditoriums. University campuses house many different types of buildings with varying air quality requirements on a larger scale.
Many schools also offer photography as a subject and darkrooms can introduce contaminant problems. Physics and biology laboratories present their own unique challenges to maintaining proper indoor air quality throughout the facility.
The quality of the air is measured by temperature and humidity, and by the concentration of particulates and gaseous contaminants. Adverse health effects from poor indoor air quality, documented in educational facilities, range from annoyance and respiratory irritation to acute or chronic illness. When classrooms are properly controlled for comfort, and are free of excessive contaminants, the learning environment is enhanced and becomes more productive.
Good indoor air quality in educational facilities:
- Reduces absenteeism for students and staff
- Reduces building deterioration and improves energy efficiency
- Reduces outside air ventilation requirements
- Prevents strained relationships resulting from poor indoor air quality
- Reduces liabilities
- And most importantly, protect students, one of our important investments in the future