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COMMENT An academic approach to comfort


Adrian Pargeter of Kingspan Insulation looks at the new guidance underpinning an increased focus on wellness in education environments, and the overall impact that thermal comfort has on students’ learning


eeping students focused on the task in hand is a daily challenge for anyone working within education. It doesn’t take much to lose a class’ attention and that job is made even harder when the building itself is working against you. Over recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown just how much impact conditions within the classroom can have on student wellbeing and attainment. Research has shown that environments


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which students felt were too hot or too cold were associated with increased respiratory complaints while students who described their environment as “comfortable” were likely to outperform those citing it as “hot.” The question for architects is how to ensure education spaces offer these comfortable conditions? To provide clearer guidance, the Education and Skills Funding Agency recently published a thoroughly revised version of


SLIM CONSTRUCTIONS Insulation boards with low thermal conductivity allow desired U-values to be met using slim constructions


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