30 Jun '13, 2am

[Prod/Sustainablity] Lack of Fresh Air, Chemicals from Building Materials May Make Schoolchildren Sick

When ventilation rates were up to code, children missed fewer days of school in a two-year study, and illness patterns implicate our building products. By Paula Melton New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) links inadequate ventilation to student sick days, suggesting that more fresh air could reduce illness-related absences 3.4%, saving schools tens of millions of dollars a year. Researchers also found that more than half of the 162 California classrooms they studied over a two-year period did not meet state-mandated standards for ventilation and that classrooms in the Central Valley region had ventilation rates below the state standard 95% of the time. LBNL’s findings, which were published in the journal Indoor Air , also suggest that indoor pollutants may be at the heart of the elevated absences. Although other scientists have shown that respirat...

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