Released November 2002. Those involved in school planning and design see this as an opportunity to enhance academic outcomes by creating better learning environments. Their logic is compelling—how can we expect students to perform at high levels in school buildings that are substandard? We all know that clean, quiet, safe, comfortable, and healthy environments are an important component of successful teaching and learning. But which facility attributes affect academic outcomes the most and in what manner and degree? The research is examined here in six categories: indoor air quality, ventilation, and thermal comfort; lighting; acoustics; building age and quality; school size; and class size.
Released March 2002. When any building material or furnishing is damp for more than 48 hours, mold may grow. Many schools have experienced water damage in buildings because of roof or plumbing leaks, floods, and poor drainage of rainwater runoff or landscape irrigation. Damp buildings support mold growth and other biological contaminants that may cause health problems for some adults and children. This publication provides information on the most important indoor mold-related health concerns, and it discusses how school districts can keep school facilities mold free and avoid these problems.
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