Indoor comfort in educational premises
The physical indoor environment has a great impact on the learning efficiency and the wellbeing of students and teachers. When designing the indoor environment in a school you have to take into account the type of educational premises, type of room, the activities and type of pedagogic methods. The needs will of course differ if it is university, a grammar school or a kindergarten. And each room requires a holistic approach to indoor comfort taking into account the quality of sound, air, temperature and light.
In general, there are three major things of to be taken into account to create a good sound environment. Firstly, the room acoustics, i.e. to use sound absorbers in the ceilings and on walls to lower the sound level and reduce disturbing sound reflexes to improve the speech clarity. This will support the ability so concentrate and to clearly hear what the teacher is saying. Secondly, sound insulation where the task is to prevent disturbing noise from outside traffic, between rooms and levels of the building. This is done by good sound insulation in facades, window glass, interior walls and floors. Thirdly, prevent disturbing low frequent sound from ventilation. Read more about comfort solutions.
Air and temperature
Teachers and students spend many hours indoors and breathe approx. 10.000 liters of air per person every day. Ventilation is important to supply fresh air to keep down the levels of carbon dioxide below 800 ppm to keep the pupils and teachers alert. Clean air is important to avoid sensory irritation from dust, chemicals and odors and can be achieved by using emission free building materials, furniture, etc. Also it is important to have an even and pleasant temperature and to avoid draft from ventilation.
Good lighting and especially natural daylight has a positive impact on our wellbeing and productivity. Light and color is important to provide enough illumination so we can clearly see, read and be able to carry out working tasks. By using glass in window with good thermal and sound insulation you can have bigger windows and more natural lighting. This also makes the school building more energy efficient and sustainable.