Malmö seminar; Highlights and discussion concerning our children’s school. Children only have a limited time at school and we find it difficult to even deliver the basics needed to maximise this time so students fulfil their potential.
“Right now, it’s a bad situation; those suited to school may not perform as well as they could and those who struggle, because of say, allergies or learning difficulties, may not manage to complete their education at all.”
The presentations were:
- Gisela Petersson from Astma och Allergi Förbundet (AAF) with a topic: “What is the impact of indoor air quality in schools on student performance and health?” (link here)
- Britta Permats from Swedish Ventilation (SV) with a topic: “Better indoor quality in schools and residential buildings: is it possible?” (link here)
- Andreas Kilhström on behalf of from Swegon Air Academy (SAA) with a topic on “Demand controlled ventilation in schools” (link here)
- Anders Hedström from Camfil Filter School on a topic of: “How dangerous is the air city centrum and can you stay healthy on Hornsgatan? Is mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and high filtration a good solution?” (link here)
AAF stated that school age children having problems with asthma has increased from 6% in 2003 to 9% in 2011. An average of 9 people in each class are affected by allergies. National Board of Health (Socialstyrelsen) says that only 30% of schools are OVK approved (OVK = obligatorisk ventilationskontroll; required ventilation control in Sweden). Schools turn OFF vent at nights, which causes big problems for allergy sensitive people in the mornings. There is a need for emission control checks when choosing materials and high cleaning in schools. Remember www.allergirunden.se. There are 235,000 employees in Swedish schools and 1,400,000 students; it’s a big organisation, too big to be ignored!
Swedish Ventilation showed that in Sweden 1,200,000 people have allergy problems daily and again reinforced thatOVK is not being done. There is a suggestion for tax relief for schools to encourage improvements to IAQ (Skol ROT). The department of building standards (Boverket), released a report on indoor climate and pointed out that IAQ has been forgotten; especially during renovation of buildings. We need to educate the decision makers….that is why we are here today!
Swegon Air Academy stressed the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) first, and energy second. Demand controlled ventilation (DCV) is suited to rooms with high variations. Why should we just use control through CO2, why not VOC? Worrying about the PISA results and blaming the education system may not be the answer, the problem is at least in part somewhere else. Let’s get the IAQ sorted and I can improve your students’ results for you!
Camfil Filter School presented the equation that particles = sickness. PM2.5 concentration before and after the air handling unit should be taken more seriously. Camfil shares its database of expected particle concentrations in different areas.
The entire seminar is an interactive session, so please ask questions, and please get involved in your children and their schools. Conclusion points from Malmö are: allergies are increasing, IAQ in schools is forgotten, maintenance missed, there need to have emission control in classroom materials. To make things happen we need to use your contact network.