A data-driven study on the association of indoor air quality, thermal comfort factors and student academic performance

Adel Kabirikopaei, Josephine Lau

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Abstract

This study explores the effects of indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort (TC) factors on student academic performance. IAQ and TC of 45 classrooms (11 schools) in the United States midwestern region were measured during the academic year 2015-16 in three seasons during occupied and unoccupied periods. Measurements during occupied times included indoor CO2 and formaldehyde concentrations, coarse and fine particle counts, temperature, relative humidity, and globe temperature. Unoccupied measurements consisted of air velocity, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and total volatile organic compounds (TVOC). Data for 1024 students in third and fifth grade related to socioeconomic background and academic performance were also collected. This data set included gender, ethnicity, lunch-pay status, and mathematics and reading scores. Multilevel modeling (hierarchical linear modeling) and R programming were used to analyze the data. The results indicate a relationship between ventilation rate, TVOC, velocity, and student academic scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Subtitle of host publicationCreative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
ISBN (Electronic)9781713823605
StatePublished - 2020
Event16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Nov 1 2020 → …

Publication series

Name16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020

Conference

Conference16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/1/20 → …

Keywords

  • Academic performance
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Student demographics
  • Thermal comfort (TC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution

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