Improving indoor air quality in schools & homes

16:25 - 16:55

The importance of indoor quality on the comfort and wellbeing of building occupants has gained increasing attention. There are serious concerns about levels of pollution in outdoor air and its impact on indoor air quality (IAQ). This session will look at the interface between internal and external built environments in two specific types of buildings and consider interrelationships with other variables that affect wellbeing, such as thermal comfort and ventilation. This session will allow clients, building designers, policy-makers and other stakeholders to understand the impact of indoor air quality on health, productivity and wellbeing in the context of energy performance of housing and school building stock.

Study on schools:

  • What is the impact of ventilation strategies on energy use in existing and modern schools?
  • Ventilation requirements conducive to learning: are the current ventilation rates mediocre?
  • Ventilation requirements conducive to health: Victorian vs. modern schools
  • What is the impact of building operation and management practices on IAQ in schools?
  • IAQ for Dummies: from design to operation

Study on domestic buildings:

  • Understanding the links between housing, energy and wellbeing
  • What are the health impacts of energy efficiency retrofits?
  • Targeting specific air pollutants
  • Understanding the importance of implementing retrofits alongside ventilation improvements to minimise the risk of poor IAQ​



  • Paul Wilkinson Professor of Environmental Epidemiology - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dejan Mumovic Professor and Deputy Director - UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


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