Critical Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a primary concern for both schools and universities, due in part to the age and overall condition of a number of educational buildings. The European Commission reports that in Europe, more than 64 million students and almost 4.5 million teachers spend many hours each school day inside pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. Children spend more time in school than in any other place except home.
The Air Inside These Facilities Can Contain:
- Moulds, spores, pollens
- Carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Bacteria, viruses and by-products
- Vehicle engine exhaust, exhaust from industrial plants
- Asbestos, clays, elemental particles and man-made fibres
The health and comfort of students and teachers are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, which in turn affect performance and achievement. In addition, failure to respond promptly and effectively to poor IAQ in schools can lead to an increase in long-term health problems, costly repairs, and potential liability problems.