How Indoor Air Quality Control Affects Student Academic Performance

As much as we have known about the dangers of outdoor air pollution, the scientific community has also continually written about how indoor air quality should be a concern, especially in schools. Students spend most of their day inside classrooms where they are also exposed to the insidious risks of poor indoor air quality, which can effectively impair their performance and their health.

Risks of a Poorly Ventilated Classroom

While classrooms are built to be optimal learning spaces, ventilation isn’t always a prime focus. When windows can’t be opened to let air in and out, the AC tends to recirculate air that contains dust, biological contaminants, particulates, and most of all, the carbon dioxide (CO2) that people breathe out.

“Air-conditioning without ventilation for schools is the worst possible solution you can imagine,” according to Scientia Professor Mat Santamouris, of the Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture UNSW. The acceptable amount of CO2 in a classroom is 1,000 ppm. When classrooms are filled, this spikes up to 4,000 ppm – four times the optimal amount. And when there is more CO2 present in classrooms, students can suffer from lack of oxygen, leaving them unable to concentrate. Students can also get headaches, nauseated, and constantly feel tired and sleepy from lack of oxygen.

Some of the more dire effects also include eye irritations, getting allergies, having trouble breathing, developing asthma, and chronic lung conditions.

The world has learned in 2020 how easy it is to transmit disease from one person to another, especially in an enclosed area like a classroom. Everyone is vulnerable to the same viruses, bacteria, and microbes that are not filtered out by a well-ventilated space.

Ventilation in classrooms largely depends on the opening of windows, but they may not be opened frequently enough to avoid heat loss and thermal discomfort, especially in the colder winter months. This results in more concentrated CO2 levels inside the classroom.

The number of cases of poor classroom performance and student health concerns because of poor indoor air quality keeps growing every year. As such, there is a renewed focus on building construction and innovations that address this problem. One of the best-known solutions to poor classroom ventilation in recent years is the installation of automated louvre windows.

Benefits of Automated Louvre Windows

With manually operable windows, the onus rests on students, teachers and maintenance personnel who will most likely open them based solely on feeling. Even before the air feels stuffy, there has already been more CO2, more dust, more particulates circulating in the room.

On the other hand, automated louvre windows reduce the reliance on human input, and effectively monitors and maintains proper CO2 levels inside the classroom. These automated windows have also been developed to monitor temperature and humidity, so it can automatically purge stale air and let fresh air in.

Safetyline Jalousie understands that there is a direct correlation between student academic performance and health and indoor air quality in learning spaces. To address this prevailing issue, we have developed a turnkey air quality solution with our automated louvre windows and the SmartAir System.

The SmartAir System is a fully automated and pre-programmable device that cues and operates our high-performance louvre windows. With its capabilities in accurately detecting and monitoring temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, it helps achieve up to 86% free air in classrooms without the need to manually open windows. With this specific system in place, schools are assured that students are no longer exposed to the risks of poor indoor air quality.

Apart from the SmartAir Systems automatic functionalities, the louvre windows also feature superior sealing to block wind, water and noise, ensuring optimal learning spaces regardless of any outdoor disruption. They can also be programmed to automatically close and lock in the event of heavy rains and wind without requiring human input.

Safetyline Jalousie has provided high-quality, high-performance louvre windows to over 350 school projects across Australia. We have supplied approximately 80,00 louvre windows along with 12,000 motors to operate automatically in critical learning spaces.

The Final Word

Indoor air quality affects students’ academic performance more than we expected. By providing students the best classrooms, libraries and other learning spaces through high-performance automated louvre windows, we are supporting their health and their education. Contact us to know more about how our louvre windows can enhance your building project.

Read our recent blog about the need for better humidity control regulations in public spaces.

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Ali Asmar

Business Manager - VIC & SA

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As the most recent addition to the Safetyline Jalousie family, Ali is still coming to terms with the fact that a typical telephone conversation will often be answered with “You’re calling from Safety what”? followed by having to sound out and spell the name “ja-lou-sie” (it happens to us all). Born in Lebanon, Ali has moved around a lot over the years, living in Cyprus, Sydney for most of his Schooling, as well as China and Hong Kong. He currently resides in Melbourne where he spends a lot of time in his garden or doing some sort of work around the house. (Not too dissimilar to many other Melburnians following the onset of Covid). With a very obvious cultured background, Ali is warm and talkative and he’ll get you talking too.

Romile John

National Business Manager

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One of the Safetyine Jalousie originals, Rom (often mistaken for John) holds a great passion for the product. He says its “its innovative, a market leader and ever-evolving, very much like the company itself”. When you meet Rom, it is apparent that he is well-educated and well-travelled. Coming from a family of medical professionals, they moved around extensively and often. Last count was 125 countries. So nearly all of them! It’s really no surprise that Rom has mastered packing a weeks-worth of clothes and necessities into a carry-on bag. And when we say clothes we actually mean meticulously prepared outfits and accessories. When Rom enters a room, you’re sure to know it!

Adam Racomelara

National Manager – Partnerships & Strategy

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Adam is our strategist and big ideas generator whose somewhat reserved nature could have some mistake him as a bit of an introvert. But that’s only until this quiet thinker is given a whiteboard and a marker – and then there’s no stopping the dialogue! 7 Years in at Safetyline Jalousie, Adam is continually expanding on his knowledge of the construction industry and is incredibly driven in his pursuit to help create better buildings via the use of better products. When Adam’s not on his quest to improve Australia’s built environment he’s spending most weekends escorting one of his 4 young kids to birthday parties, sometimes multiple parties. He has some stealth survival tips for other parents currently in the same predicament.

Michael Cocks

Factory Manager

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Michael has become recognised at Safetyline Jalousie for his continually changing hairstyles (facial hair included). Buzz cut, undercut, dreadlocks, even a mullet. We’ve see it all. His current man bun could even be gone before we finish this sentence. Always up for a laugh, friends and colleagues love a chat with Michael, and his easy-going and approachable nature has earned him the respect of all staff. In fact, he even has a cohort of followers on the factory floor sporting his same hairstyles. Outside of work Michael has recently turned his attention to mountain bike riding. His very first ride ended with a pretty serious accident resulting in a deep puncture wound to his leg– it’s been a sore topic for his leg and his ego.

Jonathan Gueudinot

National Logistics & Production Manager

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Our South American Native, Jonathan is more simply and better known as “Chilli” (no need to try and guess his country of origin). After 16 years of military service, Chilli joined the Safetyline Jalousie team for what he describes as “a change of pace”. Although his average work day might look very different these days, there’s no doubt that Chilli’s previous experience has contributed in shaping a culture of commitment, community and comradery within the production team – the very important engine room of our company. Driven by a sense of accomplishment, in addition to running Safetyline Jalousie’s production line with military precision, Chilli has recently been studying hard to complete his Master’s Degree in Business and Logistics.

Mandy Saliba

Marketing Manager

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Mandy has been with Safetyline jalousie since day one so would technically be considered a geriatric in “Jalousie years”. Whilst her role has changed and evolved over her time with the business, one thing that hasn’t is the happy and fun, team culture that she says “continues to make each day at work a joy”. As a mum of two little ones, Mandy thrives on new challenges and a little bit of chaos. Although, as a self-proclaimed clean freak, she ensures that all forms of chaos are kept in a very neat and tidy manner. We’ve also observed that Mandy appears to have an inherent fear of colour and will almost only ever be seen in black or white (or sometimes grey if she is being really out there).

Lisa Spinks

Office Administration Manager

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As a busy mother of 4, Lisa is highly skilled in organising, delegating, and troubleshooting – the proficiencies which she also demonstrates in her daily management of the Safetyline Jalousie office. Lisa tells us that she lives by the saying “What doesn’t break you makes you stronger”. (No doubt she’s had to use this little piece or personal encouragement from time to time to deal with our infinite requests)! Always on the go, Lisa has a very active lifestyle and starts every day with a walk to the beach with her husband and two dogs. Of an evening she still has the energy to spare for star jumps and squats in her makeshift gym/ (our office) before heading home to her other full-time job as “mum”.

 

 

 

Nathan Rust

Founder & National Operations Director

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The younger brother of the co-founding sibling duo, “Nath” is the go-to for just about every technical, install, and manufacturing enquiry that comes via the business. Very early on, Nath’s product knowledge and problem-solving ability saw him organically take on the role of Operations, overseeing the design and management of Safetyline Jalousie’s behind-the-scenes work. When he’s off duty (and not answering a million questions), Nath enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young kids. You’ll find him cheering on his son at weekend sports, enjoying the water somewhere along the Northern beaches and this lover of food is generally always planning his next big meal. Preferably a Lebanese banquet if anyone can suggest a restaurant he doesn’t frequent already.

Leigh Rust

Founder & Director

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Leigh aka “Wolfpack” is one-half of the driving force behind Safetyline Jalousie and comes with two decades of experience within the Australian manufacturing and construction industry. The multi-award-winning entrepreneur and father of three youngsters is a passionate advocate for supporting Australian-made goods and improving the built environment for future generations to come. Always up for a challenge, Leigh never sits still and is constantly pushing himself to test his physical and mental endurance. He’s given just about everything a go. From amateur MMA fights, triathlons, or personal development endeavours, Leigh stands by the motto, ‘I never lose, either I win or I learn’.

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