Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality

A Healthy Place to Work, Learn, and Play:
• Acoustical quality
• Indoor air quality
• Outdoor air and ventilation quality
• Low emitting materials
• Indoor chemicals and pollutant control, green cleaning and green hygiene (pesticides)
• Lighting system controllability
• Daylighting
• Thermal comfort
• Mold prevention
• Building envelope

Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critically important aspect of creating and maintaining school facilities. IAQ Design Tools for Schools provides both detailed guidance as well as links to other information resources to help design new schools as well as repair, renovate and maintain existing facilities. Though its primary focus is on indoor air quality, it is also intended to encourage school districts to embrace the concept of designingHigh Performance Schools, an integrated, "whole building" approach to addressing a myriad of important — and sometimes competing — priorities, such as energy efficiency, indoor air quality, day-lighting, materials efficiency, and safety, and doing so in the context of tight budgets and limited staff

Enhance your Learning Environment
Lighting Equipment - It is not just the term "energy efficient" that identifies advanced lighting equipment. Improved uniformity of light delivery also depends on the light fixtures material and design. The idea is to deliver the appropriate amount of illumination to where it is needed, when it is needed. Fixtures that provide indirect, direct or a combination of light direction will allow function of Daylighting and Controllability.

Acoustical Quality
Indoor Acoustics can have a large impact on the ability of students to concentrate. When background noise becomes excessive and distracting, the ability of students and teachers to understand each other is diminished. The level to which background noise affects the ability of a student to learn varies based on age, language proficiency, instances of hearing loss, and individual hearing preferences. Typically, children's ability to distinguish sounds from background noise is not fully developed until they are teenagers. Therefore, improving indoor acoustics should become a priority for school officials and architects.

Green Cleaning

In the past 10 years the concept of 'green' cleaning has progressed from fringe ideology to mainstream philosophy. Cleaning service providers, facilities maintenance managers, building service contractors and others who once dismissed environmentally friendly practices in favor of traditional methods are now embracing the approach, encouraging the next wave.
Green cleaning means different things to different people. Whereas it was once thought to pertain only to adopting environmentally friendly chemicals, today it's commonly linked to the overall cleaning approach. For example, Green Seal, the leading eco-label in the United States, was once certifying just chemicals when they recognized there is a complete process involved; today Green Seal certifies cleaning processes under GS-42.

Mold & Moisture
When mold growth occurs in buildings, it may be followed by reports of health symptoms from some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. If mold is a problem in your school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

Completed Instructional Designs

Grade Level: 10-12
Subject: Chemistry and Biology
Abstract: In this PBL students will be comparing the cleaning abilities of green products against those of conventionals. They will also be looking at health effects of convential cleaning chemicals using MSDS and acedemic research. In addition students will also be answering the ultimate question, "Do the advantages of using green products outweigh any possible disadvantages?"

Green and Clean - Cleaning Products for a safe world

Classroom Air Quality Inquiry

Green Cleaning School Action Plan


NJDEP Air Quality Education


Reducing Pesticide Exposure at Schools

Protecting Health and the Environment at K-12 Schools

Green Seal

Tox Town


Guide to Protecting Children's Health in Schools

Green Clean Schools