VELUX has announced the release of a new free-to-download eBook to help create the most effective learning environment in schools.
The eBook, entitled Building Better Schools: Six ways to help children learn, is free to download on the VELUX website. The guide will provide an essential reference point for architects and building designers looking to create inspirational buildings that improve educational outcomes.
Building Better Schools, presents up-to-date information, facts and figures on the benefits of natural light and ventilation, which has been shown in the HEAD1 study to improve educational performance by 8%.
Findings outlined in the HEAD study reveal that certain design elements are intrinsic to achieving this level of improved learning in the classroom. These are: daylight, indoor air quality, acoustic environment, temperature, classroom design and visual stimulation.
Naturalness (light, temperature and air quality), was found to have the greatest impact on learning, accounting for around half (49%) of all improvements in educational outcomes. The Building Better Schools eBook presents clear evidence of the effect of building design on the physical learning space and suggests practicals ways to improve the daylight condition in classrooms.
“Building new or renovating existing schools represents a tremendous opportunity for architects, contractors and educators to improve the indoor climate and thereby enhance the learning environment,” says Jens Christoffersen, senior researcher and PhD in the VELUX Groups’ Daylight, Energy and Indoor Comfort centre. “We know that many classrooms, offices and other indoor public areas have insufficient daylight and ventilation today and that this can negatively affect learning, productivity and health.”
VELUX Modular skylights offer a great solution as a fully prefabricated skylights systems for commercial buildings that makes it easy for architects to create larger daylit spaces. The skylights provide solutions for classrooms, atriums, narrow corridors, internal courts, studios and large circulation spaces.
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