Indoor Air Quality toolkit for Primary Schools
This EPSRC IAA project is an interdisciplinary impact project that will support schools to maintain healthy well-ventilated classrooms and indoor spaces.
The project team is collaborating with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council and working closely with teachers and children in two primary schools in Merthyr Tydfil. The project deploys a visual monitoring toolkit to measure indoor air quality in school buildings and to provide feedback to occupants. It will propose supporting guidance to promote healthy indoor spaces through behavioural based-interventions and operational practices in school buildings.
A secondary key aim of the project is to explore how monitoring data can empower children and teacher to take action to manage the indoor environmental conditions and to foster good indoor environment, focusing on thermal comfort and CO2 as proxy of air quality. The project is co-developing age-appropriate learning resources with teachers and pupils to support children's learning about building energy use and sustainability as resources for practical STEM workshops to practice numeracy skills.
While the project addresses indoor environment (thermal comfort and air quality) in the context of COVID-19, it effectively analyses behaviours, building performance and management, energy use; and more broadly, sustainability in buildings.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Accelerator Account