One of the considerations given with the new construction currently under way in our schools is the importance of balancing indoor air quality with energy efficiency.
Indoor air quality affects not only the health of students and faculty, but comfort levels necessary to foster an adequate learning environment.
A challenge in balancing efficiency with comfort levels in school buildings is the required amount of outside air necessary to be brought in for optimal indoor air quality. In response, significant upgrades are being implemented to current ventilation and mechanical systems.
New, more effective air handling units use exhausted air to re-heat the incoming outside fresh air. On extremely cold days such as we have been experiencing, it requires less energy to heat the outside air coming in by using exhausted air pulled out of the building already at room temperature that helps maintain heat in the equipment warming the incoming outside air.