The City of Copenhagen wants to optimize the Indoor Climate in Schools and Kindergartens

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06/09/2018

Copenhagen Solutions Lab has partnered up with the Department of Economics and the Department of Children & Youth, in order to investigate the indoor climate in selected buildings. The aim is to identify problems and potential solutions. It is a pilot project, that will be used as a basis for a large-scale effort to be included in the 2020 municipality budget negotiations.

A Good Indoor Climate is a Prerequisite for Well-being, Health and Learning
Research shows that a good indoor climate is a prerequisite for children's well-being, health and learning. Additionally, it is significant to reduce sickness absence. Children are proven more vulnerable than adults, and hence, there are great opportunities for implementing measures, that can improve the indoor climate in schools and kindergartens.

A Complex Task
The Section of Properties and Procurement administer approx. 2.2 million m2 area, distributed on office sites, libraries, nursing homes, schools, daycare centers, etc. There is a great desire to optimize the indoor climate of the municipality's properties, but there are limited resources. Additionally, there are many different types of buildings, which makes the task very complex.

The Indoor Climate is Measured Through IoT Sensors
The aim is to identify problems and potential solutions and apply this knowledge and learning to identify efforts that can improve the indoor climate in the municipality's other buildings.
First, sensors will be installed to measure moisture, temperature, noise and CO2 levels in the premises. In addition, the possibilities for measuring external pollution, such as gases and particles are also investigated.

Optimizing Indoor Climate can also Lead to a Financial Impact
Indoor climate and energy efficiency are inextricably linked, and studies show, that there can also be economic savings when continuously measuring the indoor climate. The Municipality of Høje Taastrup, for instance, has used real time measurements to detect faults in radiators and ventilation systems, which has resulted in great energy savings.

Part of a Larger Research Project
This pilot project will be conducted in close collaboration with DTU Byg og Compute, Institute of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen and the Municipality of Høje Taastrup. The project is part of a major research and development project aimed at promoting sustainable energy solutions in the Greater Copenhagen and Skåne area. Read more here