Research has demonstrated that 50% of educational facilities have problems linked to
poor indoor air quality, which has an adverse effect on attendance, student health,
performance, and test scores. Indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and
in some cases old school facilities can be 100 times more polluted. Poorly designed
traditional overhead air distribution systems can contribute to high humidity, poor air
filtration, and inadequate air circulation, which can cause dizziness, dehydration, and mold
and mildew formation.
The U.S. Department of Education defines imperatives to improve teaching and learning
through technology. Based on the fact that information technology is essential in
classrooms, the goals emphasize the need for continuing research and use of digital
content and networked applications to achieve the desired transformations in education.
The individual classroom must become a multi-purpose, multi-media environment that
reflects fundamental change in education approaches and techniques, providing resources
that enable both individual and group interaction.
Higher energy consumption and operating costs result when HVAC systems are not
designed to optimum efficiency. Tate’s underfloor air distribution system is the most clean
and cost efficient HVAC design available for any type of learning institution. Underfloor
modular power/voice & data distribution also allows more flexibility for unlimited zone
connectivity, space reconfiguration and multi-purpose use.