IAQ Design Tools for Schools
This page contains checklists, software, case studies and other tools to help schools plan, build, renovate, and maintain school facilities.
- Checklist of IAQ Design Tools for Schools Recommended Actions
- School Advanced Ventilation Engineering Software (SAVES)
- Integrated Building Evaluation and Assessment Model (I-BEAM)
- Building Maintenance Checklist (from the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit)
- Renovation and Repair Checklist (from the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit)
- Commissioning Checklist
- Case Studies
Checklist of IAQ Design Tools for Schools Recommended Actions
For a complete checklist of actions recommended in the IAQ Design Tools for Schools web pages, see the recommended actions checklist. The checklist also identifies the audience(s) for whom each recommendation is intended. Be sure to follow the links to read accompanying explanatory text.
School Advanced Ventilation Engineering Software (SAVES)
SAVES is a free software package that architects, engineers, school officials, and others can use to determine what type of ventilation equipment provides the best advantages for their unique applications. SAVES incorporates two software tools for the school design community:
- The ERV Financial Assessment Software Tool (also referred to as ‘EFAST’) assesses the financial characteristics of energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems for school applications.
- The Indoor Humidity Assessment Tool (also referred to as ‘IHAT’) helps school designers assess the moisture control characteristics of ERV systems, along with other building design decisions that can impact indoor moisture levels and indoor air quality. IHAT contains copyrighted software that is a derivative of the EnergyGauge® software tool developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center.
The SAVES software tools are designed to be simple and easy-to-use screening tools for school designers.
Integrated Building Evaluation and Assessment Model (I-BEAM)
I-BEAM is guidance for use by building professionals and others interested in indoor air quality in commercial buildings. However, much of the information will also be useful to those interested in indoor air quality in schools. I-BEAM contains text, animation/visual, and interactive/calculation components that can be used to perform several tasks including: conducting an indoor air quality (IAQ) building audit; diagnosing and resolving IAQ related health problems; establishing an IAQ management and maintenance program to reduce IAQ risks; planning IAQ compatible energy projects; protecting occupants from exposures to construction/renovation contaminants; and calculating the cost, revenue, and productivity impacts of planned IAQ activities.
IAQ Tools for Schools Kit
- Building Maintenance Checklist This checklist from EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit provides guidance in six major topics areas: Maintenance; Supplies; Dust Control; Drain Traps: Moisture, Leaks and Spills, Combustion Appliances, and Pest Control.
- Renovation and Repair Checklist This checklist from EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit provides guidance in seven areas: Communications, General Activities, Painting, Flooring, Roofing, Project Completion and Commissioning, and Construction Administration.
Building commissioning is a quality assurance program that is intended to show that the building is constructed and performs as designed. The IAQ Commissioning Checklist will assist in performing a final, independent check to ensure that design and construction features that affect indoor air quality (IAQ) are properly installed and operating.
- Read more about Commissioning...
- Download IAQ Commissioning Checklist with instructions (PDF) (4 pp, 23 K, about PDF)
Examples of real world applications of principles of designing for superior indoor air quality.