Indoor environment quality and energy efficiency in primary schools: Developing children-based design criteria

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Coordinator CHALMERS TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG - Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 167 920
Project duration March 2015 - December 2018
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The aim of the fellowship was to strengthen Despoina Teli’s career by extending her research on schools’ indoor environment quality to a different context and by undertaking career development activities and training required for the next academic level. Through the 3-year fellowship, Despoina increased her skills, knowledge and international impact. This valuable experience led to acquiring the position of associate professor. The aim of the fellowship is therefore considered fulfilled.

Expected results and effects

Analysis of the collected data in classrooms confirmed the lower temperature criteria required for young children and provided insights into the adaptive response of children in different contexts (UK and Sweden). The large dataset collected will be further analyzed and included in extended databases of thermal comfort in order to inform standards on the indoor environment. The project also enabled future collaborations between the involved institutions and other international research groups.

Planned approach and implementation

The research approach involved revision, improvement and implementation of methods for investigating children’s perception of the indoor environment. The experience in the host institution led to new approaches and to a large and unique dataset of children’s perceptions. Furthermore, the fellowship enabled Despoina to present results in 3 international conferences, participate in an international network of experts in her field and gain teaching and research experience.

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