September 12, 2016

Chalking up connection between thermal comfort and student performance

Did you know that there is an ideal room temperature at which students learn?  When reviewing optimal temperature levels for student performance, research found that reading and mathematical skills were adversely affected by temperatures above 74 degrees Farenheit. In Texas, this means most classrooms need to be cooled to deliver ideal conditions for learning that will cost schools money to maintain. 

Bautex Block can help projects maintain interior thermal conditions with as little energy as possible. The mass of Bautex Block creates a time lag between the hottest and coolest parts of the day, meaning that the use of HVAC can be delayed.  The continuous insulation of Bautex Block also eliminates thermal bridging that can be a major cause of thermal discomfort that is typically overcome through use of HVAC systems.

The combination of mass and continuous insulation is what makes Bautex Block unique. When compared to lightweight building assemblies, Bautex Block can reduce energy bills and increase comfort, thereby helping students, teachers, and school districts excel.

Read more about the relationship between environmental quality of school facilities and student performance.

If you are planning to build a new school and are looking for an experienced architect, here is a directory of Texas-based architects with experience in designing schools.