Ventilation in school buildings is addressed in Part F – Ventilation of the Building Regulations, with additional support and guidance available to system designers in Technical Guidance Document TGD-030. While opening a window to increase ventilation may seem like an obvious option, in practice it is rarely the best one, especially if done in isolation to the performance of the overall system. Noise control is also a consideration. During the heating season, heat will escape through the open window resulting in energy loss and there will be an increased security risk. This also exposes children to air pollutants, which can be particularly damaging to their health. Poor ventilation results in high humidity and condensation, which encourages the growth of mould and dust mites, one of the key triggers for asthma.
In most cases, the capital and lifetime costs of air conditioning systems make them an unlikely specification for education establishments. Schools require a ventilation system that will regulate air quality and react automatically to provide more fresh air whenever a room needs it. Such a system must be able to respond quickly enough to deal with a constantly changing indoor climate. For example, throughout the day CO2 levels will rise and fall depending on pupil numbers, time spent in the room and the type of activity taking place.
Oxygen is a Schools Solution
Oxygen is an intelligent and fully controllable heating and ventilation solution that optimises IAQ in an energy-efficient way for an optimal learning environment. It works by combining unique displacement ventilation with an integrated heating system and complete controllability – all of which makes it simply smarter
Embracing its Latin meaning of safety, healthfulness and balance, is a complete packaged ventilation solution that can be installed directly in a classroom. This smart solution has the ability to maintain carbon dioxide levels below 1000ppm in a standard Irish classroom – within the required noise level.
Benefits of Salutem
Salutem extracts stale and polluted room air and replaces it with filtered outdoor air, with the heat in the extracted air being recovered by a thermal wheel heat recovery device of up to 85% efficiency.
Minimal dump work
Economical control functions
Supply and extract onto one exterior wall
Optimal operating economy
Integrated displacement ventilation