WIT Press


The Indoor Climate And Students’ Learning Performance In Schools

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RAV150241

Volume

199

Pages

8

Page Range

287 - 294

Published

2015

Size

745 kb

Author(s)

T.-A. Koiv, A. Mikola, A. Saar, G. Silm

Abstract

The paper gives an overview of indoor climate studies in various schools in Estonia. It is based on various measurements of indoor air temperature and CO2 concentration in six different schools and provides an overview of the principle of determining the CO2 level. The indoor climate in six school buildings was investigated and students’ relative performance was determined.

The study showed that indoor air temperature in the classes of the studied schools is at a satisfactory level. At the same time even in renovated schools, there are problems with air quality (the CO2 level is usually very high and air change is modest). The outcome is low learning performance.

Because the ventilation in classrooms is modest, students’ relative performance is not high. This study shows that well-organized ventilation in classrooms is important, not only from the aspect of indoor climate comfort, but also significantly affects students’ performance.

To improve this situation it is necessary to raise the quality of renovation and the operational level of HVAC systems.

Keywords

indoor climate of classrooms, determination of the CO2 level, relative learning performance