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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.