Energy Conservation and IEQ
Energy Conservation & Indoor Environmental Quality
With ongoing energy concerns, schools may face rising energy costs. There is concern about the impact this may have on school budgets and their ability to address indoor environment quality (IEQ) issues. Of particular concern are cost-saving measures that may include cutting back on fresh air to save fuel costs. Properly operated and maintained HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems that provide good ventilation rates [a minimum rate of 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per occupant] not only protect student and staff health, but also increase comfort and productivity. There is growing evidence that appropriate ventilation rates lead to higher reading and math scores and lower absentee rates.
CSIERT Fact sheet: Maintaining Healthy IAQ While Conserving Energy
EPA: Energy Savings Plus Health: IAQ Guidelines for School Building Upgrades
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships:
- Regional Operations & Maintenance Guide for High Performance Schools & Public Buildings in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic
- Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) : A set of building and design standards for the construction or renovation of energy efficient, environmentally friendly, healthy school facilities from pre-K through community colleges.