Are Schools Making the Grade?

by | Aug 17, 2021

Schools are a hot topic in the news today. Understandably, many are concerned and differing opinions are so easy to find although not very many resolutions. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) recently shared some enlightening information regarding School systems:

“In their most recent Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society for Civil Engineers gave America’s school facilities a D+, citing survey findings that more than half of public school districts need to update or replace multiple building systems, including HVAC.”

This post came from the ASCE’s 2021 Report Card regarding schools which is excerpted here:

Schools-2021“School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet there is no comprehensive national data source on K-12 public school infrastructure. What data is available indicates that 53% of public school districts report the need to update or replace multiple building systems, including HVAC systems. […] Meanwhile, public schools often serve a secondary function as emergency shelters and community resource facilities during man-made or natural disasters, and facility upgrades are needed to effectively fulfill this important community purpose.”

For excellent indoor air quality, ventilation enhancements and solutions are available. Some solutions include HVAC in-duct UVGI-PCO Purifiers and in-room 6-stage Air Disinfectors complete with readouts that measure particulate matter in the 2.5 PM range.

These fine particles (2.5 PM) pose the greatest health risk (which is where the recent COVID-19 virus predominately measures). They can get deep into the lungs and sometimes the bloodstream and cause serious health problems.

Improving the quality of the air can have a profound effect on our students’ and faculty’s health and wellbeing. No doubt, it would aid in raising their grade too. 

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