EPA developed Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades to help school officials protect and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools during building upgrades, particularly energy efficiency upgrades and building renovations. This document describes the opportunities such undertakings present to reduce energy costs and improve student health by addressing 23 specific priority issues and contaminants commonly associated with building upgrades.
Considering both energy management and protection of IAQ together during construction and energy upgrade tasks can improve school facility management. When energy efficiency and IAQ protection goals are integrated and addressed during project planning, scheduling and execution, schools can achieve strong results in both areas and reduce costs. Alternatively, if careful attention is not paid to the interaction between energy management and IAQ, building efficiency and occupant health can suffer.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.