ERIC Number: ED415661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Maintaining Acceptable Indoor Air Quality during the Renovation of a School. Technical Bulletin.
Jacobs, Bruce W.
Information that school facility personnel can use concerning the potential impacts of renovation projects on indoor air quality (IAQ), along with details of some effective control strategies, are presented. Various kinds of contaminants may be generated by renovations, including volatile and semivolatile organic compounds, dusts and fibers (e.g., asbestos), gases (e.g., sulfur dioxide), bioaerosols (e.g., mold and fungus spores), and physical agents (e.g., noise and uncomfortable temperatures). Some IAQ control strategies include the inspection of all building materials; overseeing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning considerations; scheduling classes around construction; relocating persons who may be particularly susceptible to airborne agents; and notification/communication, which includes early involvement of the school principal, responding to problems and emergencies, and informing all affected parties. It is recommended that careful work site preparation be made to minimize the release of airborne agents. Construction administration, therefore, is an important component of maintaining good IAQ, as is the need to establish uniform acceptance criteria for all renovation projects. (Contains 10 references, 1 table, and 2 figures.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Facilities Management, Hazardous Materials, Health Needs, Indoor Air Pollution, School Administration, School Buildings, School Safety, Strategic Planning, Ventilation
Maryland State Dept. of Education, School Facilities Branch, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201. (Free to Maryland public schools; $8 for others).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Support Staff
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.