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Why indoor air quality is important and how to improve it

Did you know that well-designed classrooms have a significant influence on academic performance? Studies have found that improved physical characteristics of classrooms can boost the learning outcomes of students.

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A new teaching model achieved through modern architecture

Hessenwald School in Weiterstadt, Germany, is an example of energy-efficient, contemporary architecture that offers a new teaching and pedagogical model. At the centre of both model and building stands a well-lit and well-ventilated three-storey atrium.

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Daylight vs electric light – do they affect learning environments?

Did you know that well-designed classrooms make a significant difference to academic performance? Studies have found that improved physical characteristics can boost the learning abilities of students. In this article, we dive into what daylight and electric light means to the equation.

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Stimulating children with school design and architecture

Schools are complex environments, where a wide variety of factors interplay to determine the kind of experience children will have, whether in the physical, intellectual or social domain.

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​Better acoustics mean better teaching

Well-designed classrooms can help boost the academic performance of students. One of the deciding factors is a good acoustic environment. In this article, we look at what noise in classrooms really means, and how architects and designers can minimise its negative effects.

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Why is natural light so important in school design?

We all know that the best antidote to the ‘winter blues’ is a break in a warmer, sunnier climate, preferably with white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

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Why indoor air quality is crucial for learning

Poor indoor air quality can not only seriously inhibit students’ concentration and overall performance, but can also lead to increased absenteeism due to illness. Adequate ventilation is therefore imperative for healthy classroom design to help students flourish.

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Architectural acoustics: designing a quiet learning environment

One important function of the building envelope is to protect the interior from unwanted outdoor noise. Sound insulation is an important parameter of building components, as outdoor noise can have negative effects on health, mood and learning capabilities. 

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The ideal classroom design: ownership and flexibility

Well-designed classrooms can improve students’ learning progress by around 16% in a single year. Ownership and flexibility account for a quarter of this learning impact, so let’s take a look at these important factors in terms of classroom design.

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Thermal control in classrooms is key to an ideal learning environment

Just like the bowls of porridge in the well-known fairytale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the temperature in classrooms should be neither too hot, nor too cold, but just right.

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How to avoid overheating in classrooms

There’s no doubt that the physical design of classrooms can have a positive or negative effect on children’s learning outcomes. One of the key factors identified by studies over the past several decades is the importance of consistent thermal comfort.

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Classroom design: the architect’s guide to improving students’ ownership of classrooms

Giving young school children a sense of ownership of "their" classroom promotes a sense of self-worth and responsibility and has also been shown to improve academic performance.

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Colour and complexity: how to design a stimulating classroom

While stimulation, colour and visual complexity are important to creating a vibrant learning environment in classrooms, what is the healthy balance between under-stimulation and over-stimulation?

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The 6 vital design elements of school design

Have you ever thought about how 64 million European children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their own home? 

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Rebuilding a school’s character with plenty of daylight

In 2012 local authorities ended more than 10 years of talks by adopting a plan to refurbish the old vocational school in Huddinge, Sweden. The school, originally built in 1961, represented classic 60s architecture and was good quality. 

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From textile factory to teaching facility

Ryparken Lille Skole (literally "Ryparken little school") is situated in a century-old former textile factory in Copenhagen. For years the school and its inhabitants suffered from the building’s decrepit conditions, until in the early 2010s, the school board decided to start a major renovation project. 

It would include replacement of the old single-pane skylights, with 85 fixed and 12 vented triple-pane VELUX modular skylights.

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How to build better schools

Table of contents

How Do We Design Better Schools and Classrooms?
Considering Daylight in Schools
Designing for Daylight in Schools 
A Checklist For Designing with Daylight
The Impact of Air Quality in Schools 
Creating Classrooms with Cleaner Air
A Checklist for Better Indoor Air Quality in Schools
The Effects of Classroom Temperature on Learning
Facilitating Temperature Control in Schools
A Checklist for Temperature Control in Schools 
Considering Classroom Acoustics 
Achieving Optimum Acoustic Solutions in the Classroom 

Why Ownership & Flexibility Should Be Incorporated in Classrooms  
Promoting Ownership & Flexibility with Classroom Design

The Effects of Stimulation on Learning Outcomes 
Building Stimulating Schools 
Do you have a School Design or Renovation Project We Can Help With? 

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