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IEQ Field Investigation in High-Performance, Urban Elementary Schools

by Emily Oldham 1,* and Hyojin Kim 2
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DLR Group, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Hillier College of Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11010081
Received: 9 November 2019 / Revised: 24 December 2019 / Accepted: 7 January 2020 / Published: 9 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Buildings and Indoor Air Quality)
School buildings are one of the most commonly occupied building types for children, second only to their homes. Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is an ongoing issue in schools, especially in urban environments where students are exposed to higher levels of outdoor pollutants. To examine this issue, five elementary school buildings located in a major city on the East Coast of the United States were selected for one-week of quantitative IEQ measurements, with a satisfaction survey collected from teachers at the selected schools. The schools included three high-performance schools, one recently renovated school, and one conventional school. Despite building designers and operators following the recommendations of current high-performance design standards, the three high-performance school buildings did not have measurably better IEQ than the renovated and conventional school buildings, nor were they perceived as better based on the satisfaction survey. This indicates that current high-performance design standards may not place enough emphasis on reducing health-related pollutants in urban schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: CO2; PM2.5; children; case-study CO2; PM2.5; children; case-study
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