Development of a tool to predict the socio-economic consequences of better air quality and temperature control in classrooms

Jørn Toftum*, Rune Andersen, Jose Joaquin Aguilera, Kristian Kolstrup, Daniel Sloth Hauberg, Geo Clausen

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Abstract

A simplified modelling framework for the prediction of the indoor environment, energy use and socio-economic consequences of improving air quality and temperature in school buildings is suggested. The framework combines established models for infiltration and different modes of ventilation to estimate yearly distributions of the classroom temperature and CO2 concentration. These distributions are used as input to a prediction of pupil performance of schoolwork, their attendance at school, and teacher absence before and after refurbishment of their school building. Eventually, the framework estimates the socio-economic consequences of an improved classroom environment for a school and may be used to evaluate the feasibility of a range of different refurbishment scenarios and support decisions on building upgrades.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111274
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Volume250
Number of pages11
ISSN0378-7788
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Learning
  • Indoor environment
  • Simulations
  • Wider benefits
  • School
  • Performance
  • Ventilation

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