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Optimal Indoor Environments

High school lab, operating room, and municipal environments

A high-performing building is energy-efficient and meets rigorous standards for  indoor air quality as well as lighting and noise levels. Those standards can vary widely depending on the intended use of a built environment: a hospital operating room, a government  or public facility, a university lab, or a school classroom. 

Optimal Learning Environment Components

Poor indoor environments lead to negative consequences including infectious disease, uncomfortable working conditions, or poor learning outcomes. That’s why we focus on creating environmental controls that support the specific use of the physical environment, be it a surgical suite, public building, university laboratory, or classroom space. 

The good news is that environmental performance does not have to come at the expense of increased energy consumption. Our design goal is to combine energy-efficiency and an optimal environment guarantee on every project.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is an excellent measure of the overall health a building. It's essential to have good indoor air quality to ensure the occupants in your building remain safe, healthy and happy. Various factors contribute to indoor air quality, some of which include:

  • Air ventilation
  • Air filtration
  • Outside air exchange
  • Humidity
  • Temperature
  • HVAC maintenance and controls
  • Asthma triggers
  • Radon levels
  • Pests

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, schools especially need to address the indoor air quality of their buildings. Please see our updated Best Practices for Indoor Air Quality in K-12 School Buildings for guidelines on how to promote a healthy learning environment with defined indoor air quality criteria and standards.

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Optimal Learning Environments for Schools

Providing a proper learning environment has proven to be fundamental in the overall learning process. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between the learning environment conditions and student performance.

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The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance

Jim Beckmann discusses the connection between indoor air quality and student achievement.

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