Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality is a critical component of providing a healthy and comfortable learning environment. IAQ affects the health, productivity, performance, and comfort of students, teachers, and staff.
Benefits of Good Indoor Air Quality
A growing number of studies are confirming the relationship between a school's physical condition and indoor air quality. Some benefits include:
- Higher Test Scores
- Increased Average Daily Attendance
- Inhibit the spread of airborne infections
- Help keep pollutants, stale air, and mold growth out of the classroom
Below are just some of the environmental indicators we monitor during a typical Indoor Air Survey:
- Relative Humidity
- Carbon Dioxide
- Indoor Pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sewer gas, carbon monoxide, and particulate levels
- Building envelope inspections including ventilation and airflow
- Building maintenance — good preventative maintenance can help prevent cracks and leaks, which can cause pest infestations, mold growth, and building damage.
The goal of the VCS Environmental Compliance Department is not only to ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations but to provide superior schools by improving all aspects of Indoor Air Quality.