Investigating practical steps for implementing ventilation protocol in Scottish schools

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Indoor air quality inside schools has been a major problem specially in temperate and cold climates where heating is dominating in school terms.

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MRes | MPhil | PhD | MSc by Research
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Summary

It became even challenging since COVID-19 pandemic fulminated over the last two years. The Scottish public guidance protocol developed by the health & Safety Authority for reopening schools during COVID-19 pandemic required all classroom windows to be fully opened during breaks and partially during classes as a key measure to reduce the transmission of the virus. Studies indicated that an average of UK schools’ energy usage is about 120 kWh/m2/year at school opening hours of 2,000 hours per year, whilst over 60% of this energy is used for space heating. This means heating and ventilation are being contradict and schools may have to compromise between the energy consumption and indoor air quality for the health of wellbeing of pupils.

This research investigates the practical implementation of the government school reopen protocol for indoor health environment and what measures could be taken to prevent further health risk by opening or closing windows. The study may explore the use of advance technology to address and combine solutions for instance MVHR systems and why requirements for fresh air should go beyond the design standard for schools. The study may use field surveys for data collection, simulation and design modelling to test a prototype with reference to a case study to estimate energy savings and improvement of indoor air quality simultaneously. 

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