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Aguilar, A J, de la Hoz-Torres, M L, Oltra-Nieto, L, Ruiz, D P and Martínez-Aires, M D (2022) Impact of COVID-19 protocols on IEQ and students’ perception within educational buildings in Southern Spain. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 755–70.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Indoor environmental quality; educational buildings; building management; occupants’ satisfaction; IEQ monitoring; natural ventilation;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2022.2082356
  • Abstract:
    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that air quality is essential in buildings. In the case of educational buildings, teaching activities were moved to an online format during the 2020/2021 academic year, with only activities such as exams remaining face-to-face. This strategy required the development of protocols to ensure that classrooms were safe spaces. This study assesses the impact of these protocols in the indoor environmental conditions of educational buildings in Southern Spain. For this purpose, a measurement campaign was carried out at the Fuentenueva Campus of the University of Granada. The results show that the protocols have guaranteed effective ventilation. However, other indoor environmental variables have also been affected, including the satisfaction of users during exams due to temperature, relative humidity (RH) and noise. The highest levels of satisfaction were related to indoor lighting, while the highest levels of dissatisfaction were related to the indoor thermal environment. Among the main causes of dissatisfaction were draughts and outdoor noise, directly related to natural ventilation protocols during the pandemic. Based on these findings, current pandemic protocols should be revised and redesigned to minimize the impact on student satisfaction and perceived learning performance from the identified environmental sources in this research.

Kearns, A (2022) Housing space and occupancy standards: developing evidence for policy from a health and wellbeing perspective in the UK context. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 722–37.

Kjeldsen, L and Stender, M (2022) Bringing social sustainability into the mix: framing planning dilemmas in mixed-tenure regeneration. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 709–21.

Memari, S, Kocaturk, T, Lozanovska, M, Andrews, F and Tucker, R (2022) The interdisciplinary conceptualization of future proofing in the context of hospital buildings. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 810–26.

Willems, S, Saelens, D and Heylighen, A (2022) Discrepancies between predicted and actual indoor environmental (dis)comfort: the role of hospitalized patients’ adaptation strategies. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 792–809.

Wimalasena, N N, Chang-Richards, A, Wang, K I and Dirks, K N (2022) What makes a healthy home? A study in Auckland, New Zealand. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 738–54.

Wu, H, Sun, X and Wu, Y (2022) Methods for probability distributions estimation of indoor environmental parameters and long-term IEQ assessment. Building Research & Information, 50(07), 771–91.