Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Systems and practices to ensure healthy air quality in school facilities.

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Many educational institutions have upgraded their HVAC systems in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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When a school or university identifies a mold problem, it is important to promptly locate and abate moisture sources.

Breaking the Mold

June 8, 2023
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About 6,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease are reported each year in the United States.

Highlights

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Knowledge Center: Flooring/Carpeting

April 13, 2023
Healthy Choices
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Windows that admit daylight can enhance a learning environment, but the design should seek to avoid glare from direct sunlight.

Windows and Daylight

April 13, 2023
Daylighting strategies have become a typical factor when determining window placement in school facilities.
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Connecticut awards $56 million in grants for HVAC upgrades at schools

April 11, 2023
The state has allocated $150 million to the newly established program.
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Indiana district plans to spend $23 million to upgrade HVAC and plumbing at high schools

March 8, 2023
The Vigo County district, based in Terre Haute, will use $18 million in Covid relief funds on HVAC improvements.
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Hawaii officials discuss efforts to address mold problems at elementary school

Feb. 22, 2023
Teachers and parents say Holualoa Elementary on the island of Hawaii is plagued by mold growth and other facility problems.

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Connecticut allocates $150 million in grants for upgrading HVAC in schools

Sept. 15, 2022
The funding will supplement $165 million that schools in the state have committed for air quality improvements since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Mold prompts Fort Bend (Texas) district to close elementary school in Sugar Land for a year

July 21, 2022
Mold growth was discovered at Barrington Place Elementary school in the chilled water piping during a routine facilities assessment.
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Some schools have upgraded the HVAC systems to combat Covid-19, but most report they have opted for lower-cost ventilation improvement strategies.

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July 4, 2022
Factors to consider when deciding whether to upgrade or replace a school’s HVAC system.
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A healthier school starts at the top

April 1, 2022
IEQ, IAQ, and how suspended ceilings can complete the picture.