Healthy Indoors Magazine - USA Edition

HI August 2017

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COVER STORY— August 2017 8 School Daze: Are We Creating Good Indoor Environments for Learning? F all season is just around the corner, and with it, another school year. But, what conditions will students and staff find when they return to the classroom? The health and comfort of students and teachers are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, which in turn affect performance and achievement. In 2014, the National Center for Educations Statistics surveyed a sample of school districts and estimated that the average age of the nation's main school buildings was 55 years old – putting the average date of construction for our nation's schools at 1959. Additionally. nearly one-fourth of the nation's schools have one or more buildings in need of extensive repair or replacement and nearly half have been reported to have problems related to indoor air quality (IAQ).

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