Widecombe Primary School

Even if a classroom is designed correctly, the plethora of displays and equipment can impair the provision of effective ventilation

Ventilation in School Classrooms

Building on our expertise in building monitoring, thermal modelling and acoustics, we undertook research for the Department for Education into the cognitive effect of carbon dioxide concentrations in classrooms on learning outcomes. Classrooms were instrumented to monitor and control the ventilation rate and the build-up of respired carbon dioxide.  Standard cognitive performance tests were developed and implemented with input from the Psychology department, and the test results correlated with carbon dioxide levels. The study helped to inform the development of ventilation performance standards for new school accommodation.

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