Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Enhancing School Children's Learning by Improving the Indoor Environment


Series:Center of Excellence
Speaker:P. Ole Fanger
Location:411 SOM
Date:Tue, Sep 19, 2006
Time: 3:00 PM

Additional Information

The performance of schoolwork by 10-12 years old children was measured during week-long periods with improved classroom air quality (by increasing outdoor air supply rates from 6 to 20 cfm/person) and during weeks in which moderately elevated classroom temperatures were avoided (by cooling from 74 to 68 F). The results show that tripling the ventilation rate improved learning by ca. 15% while reducing the temperature also improved it by ca. 15%.

The importance of this study is that it shows that children really could perform schoolwork better if mediocre conditions in classrooms were improved, and that the improvement often be surprisingly large. Methods to improve indoor air quality without increasing energy use will be discussed.

This study was performed in Denmark funded by ASHRAE but a large scale initiative is planned to do similar studies in US.

Sponsored by the EQS-STAR Center and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Revised 09/19/2006 10:34:10