Schools present important energy and environmental problems. There is much concern about indoor thermal comfort conditions in school buildings as research has demonstrated that it affects the health, learning and performance of students and staff. Moreover, thermal comfort conditions in schools are of particular importance, as children spend almost one-third of their day (12 per cent of their time) inside classrooms. Also, children are less resistant to adverse environmental conditions compared with adults.
Overheating of urban areas caused by the combined effects of global climate change and the urban heat island phenomenon is leading to increased thermal discomfort in schools. The widespread and growing use of air conditioning systems as a solution to maintain a comfortable indoor environment results in increased energy consumption for cooling and carbon emissions and exacerbates the energy bills of schools. Providing good indoor thermal comfort conditions in school buildings that enhance the wellbeing and learning performance of students while maintaining a low energy consumption and carbon footprint is an obvious necessity.
The main objective of the study is:
To investigates hybrid solutions using enhanced ventilation to achieve indoor comfort conditions and at the same time reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions and then test it in the selected school building located in Sydney, which co-funded this project.
Project leader: Scientia Prof. Mattheos Santamouris
Research team: Dr Shamila Haddad, Dr Riccardo Paolini
Prof. Mattheos Santamouris, firstname.lastname@example.org