In November 2012, the EPA found research suggesting a school’s air quality and physical environment play a major role in academic performance.
- Leaky roofs and water infiltration can lead to mold and fungus accumulation
- Problems with maintaining heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, known as (HVAC) lead to increased operating costs and poor health
- Both insufficient cleaning and excessive use of cleaning chemicals is not helping with air quality
Maintenance issues can agitate health problems — such as asthma and allergies —increasing absenteeism and poor academic performance. Improvements in the school air quality can enhance academic performance, as well as teacher and staff productivity and retention.
High-performance design in academic buildings can have a positive health effect and has been shown to enhance student learning. Good indoor air quality is essential for good health. Good design produced with proper lighting, air temperature, humidity, and noise levels reduces distractions and can boost academic performance.
To learn more, read the Quick Reference Guide for Student Health and Academic Performance.