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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.