EDsession Program & Schedule

Human-Building Interaction, Comfort and IAQ in K-12 Schools Before and During COVID-19

  • Date:Thursday, November 4
  • Time:9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
  • Description: In an effort to mediate the negative impact of COVID-19 on economies around the world, several guidelines have been published to decrease the exposure to viruses and safely reopen businesses and schools. One of the most recommended strategies to mitigate occupant health impacts of the virus is to increase outdoor air ventilation, which might also have an impact on thermal comfort and IAQ. This session will explore the impact of COVID-19 on occupants’ decision-making factors around how to interact with classrooms to increase comfort. The methods of this research are interviews and surveys with teachers and administrators of K-12 schools. (GBCI Course# 920024410)
  • Location:Classroom 409
  • Session Type:EDsession
  • Session Code:ES21WB2
  • Learning Objective 1:Identify positive/negative impacts of school policies around operable windows to support safely reopening K-12 schools in light of COVID-19.
  • Learning Objective 2:Understand how school policies might impact occupant interactions with classroom spaces to improve IAQ and thermal comfort during COVID-19.
  • Learning Objective 3:Analyze teacher interactions with classroom environments and decision-making factors to improve IAQ and thermal comfort before and during COVID-19.
  • Learning Objective 4:Explain impact of architectural guidelines on school policies to support behaviours to improve occupant experience in K-12 schools during COVID-19.
Helia Taheri
North Carolina State University
Traci Rider
North Carolina State University
Robin Randall
Legat Architects