PASSIVE VENTILATION IN CLASSROOMS – A NEW STUDY
Published 1 June 2016
Recently Masterspec product partner Architectural Profiles Limited joined a Massey University research team studying the optimal ventilation required for a teaching and learning environment. Researchers gathered the opinions of teachers and caretakers on the windows and doors usage at their schools. The aim was to improve school ventilation by creating a model classroom with windows and doors that are robust in terms of performance and durability. Both High and Low Decile schools were studied.
The results suggest this effective passive ventilation can dramatically effect the performance of teachers and learning ability of students alike, and suggests that better results will stem from the use of commercial grade windows and doors. A more advanced and durable system should be specified for use in schools, ideally with double glazing.
Concern was also expressed regarding durability especially with hardware mechanisms as door handles, locks and hinges are damaged easily due to children tugging on them. This has caused maintenance to be an ongoing issue and it is recommended a more durable system should be specified for school use.
With the average age of school buildings at 55 years, the upgrading of windows and doors are becoming an increasing important issue in the future.
To download your copy of the research papers click on the links below.
Massey University High Decile School Research Paper
Massey University Low Decile School Research Paper