Studies have shown that healthy buildings technologies used in classrooms improve attendance and performance in students and teachers. But many school districts face tighter and tighter budgets, leaving few opportunities for expensive design, permitting, and construction projects for premium classrooms.
Healthy Buildings applies OTechnology to Healthy Classrooms® to create affordable options for permanent, temporary, and relocatable classrooms that are comfortable, use non-toxic materials, save energy, and are less expensive to maintain. Improved student comfort, health, and well-being means improved attendance—resulting in additional funds for districts to use where it is most needed.
Our best practices for Healthy Classrooms® include the use of the most current products and materials with minimal toxic components and maximized durability, acoustics, thermal properties, and opportunities for recycling and reuse. Designs take full advantage of natural lighting and airflow, and they ensure efficient and quiet air handling to achieve the highest levels of indoor air quality and student productivity.
Design elements include:
- Interchangeable design—easy to modify over time or when relocated.
- Creative footprint—the approximate 900-square-foot polygonal footprint per classroom allows a more modern and efficient use of space and seating, superior adaptability and reuse, and great potential for efficiencies in energy usage and generation.
- Superior building performance balanced with healthy features—floor and wall insulation, window glazing and films, operable windows, and window and door seals ensure a good thermal boundary, while placement of doors and windows allow natural lighting and airflow, and lines of sight.
- Healthy building materials—products and materials do not off-gas volatile organic compounds (e.g. formaldehyde and countless other chemicals) or promote the growth of molds, mildew, or bacteria. Instead of carpeting, designs include durable and rapidly renewable flooring like cork, bamboo, or stained concrete and tile.
- Focus on natural lighting and views—skylights or solar tubes are located in at least two positions along the roofline. Large windows will be positioned as desired to provide students with a more natural view of the outside world.
- Passive heating and cooling—reflective roof or green roof (native plants growing on the roof surface) options ensure that radiant sunlight does not cause elevated temperatures and increased demands on the HVAC system. Operable windows placed high on the wall allow the escape of hot air during warmer months.