Improving classroom air quality
Recent research has shown a clear link between air quality in schools and offices and the performance of students and workers. Put simply if CO2 levels are lower, if an ambient temperature is maintained throughout rooms without pockets of hot or cool air created by open windows or solar glare, then concentration levels, results and general health will improve.
Furthermore, new guidelines (BB101 2018) have been published by the government, specifying reduced maximum CO2 levels within rooms and a raft of thermal comfort improvements. The new guidelines require structured ventilation strategies and are placing much greater demands on the design specifications of new schools and workplaces.
Ramboll and Ryder Architects were initially appointed by SFT with a remit of designing improved IAQ, thermal comfort and reduced energy costs in the new Queensferry School. They sought designs demonstrating how the school could comply with (and better) BB101 guidelines, but which could also accurately calculate future energy costs. With IAQ a key consideration in every new school in Denmark, where Ramboll’s global headquarters are located, we pulled together a specialist team that could deliver both global expertise from Denmark and local insight. The scope of our design delivery included the full MEP & sustainability design. The MEP installation has been designed to Level 2 BIM with a federated model comprising MEP, architectural, structural and furniture, fixtures and equipment models.