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Review of measurements in schools to improve IEQ
conference contributionposted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mark LutherMark Luther
An Australian research facility, MABEL (the Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory) measured several school classrooms for their indoor environmental performance (IEQ) performance. This paper is a reporting of a case study, highlighting the processed measurement of a classroom and its findings. A review of the literature, also reveals particular sectors of IEQ in schools that are worthy of measurement. A primary intention here is to determine the type of IEQ measurements and their evaluation methods together with their corresponding instrumentation. A secondary intention is to highlight particular IEQ discrepancies in existing school classroom design resulting from these case study measurements, suggesting construction and operational conditioning improvements.In particular this research reveals international research on the subject of IEQ in school buildings and confirms the usefulness, urgency and necessity of IEQ measurements, world wide, in this area. As most of the existing literature on the subject seems to fall short of acknowledging all sectors of IEQ, this paper would like to address the importance of multiple IEQ parameters, experienced through on-site measurement case studies. It is suggested that the existing literature intends to target a specific IEQ sector or parameter, predetermining its effect on student absenteeism or reduced performance. In contrast to this, this paper would like to acknowledge the interactive effects of an IEQ index (standard) in general. One of the reasons for this are that such an index still appears to remain in the developmental stages.Various sectors of IEQ measurements, as measured with the MABEL facility, are demonstrated in this paper. They illustrate a cross-section of typical classroom evidence-based problems backed by measurement. A literature review confirms that similar problems in school buildings are evident in other parts of Australia as well as throughout the world, in identical and different climates. A holistic IEQ measurement acknowledges that there may be several outstanding, as well as poor IEQ parameters within the same classroom. Solutions to these poor IEQ results may be remedied, yet, it is the measurement that highlights the periods, degree and extent to which these problems occur. It is suggested here that a holistic approach to IEQ is required and that the development of its measurement standards and reporting are desperately needed.