Ideal learning environment
Attention to sustainability
Do you recognise this: it’s 8:25 AM and students are milling around in the school building waiting for the bell to ring. The bell rings and moments later they all move en masse towards the various rooms they need to be in. The large groups now occupy these different rooms for more than an hour, after which they leave the room and the cycle repeats. In between times, toilets, canteens, study areas, etc. are used alternately. They are occasionally completely full, then partially, and sometimes they are empty. In schools, the occupancy rate (number of persons per m2) is relatively high, and this has consequences. You can be sure that, wherever there are people, there are environmental changes.
“The consequences of a poor indoor climate and high occupation of rooms in schools can be serious.”
Sufficient air must be supplied for everyone (staff and students), while the temperature and comfort must be optimal. The consequences of a poor indoor climate and high occupation in rooms in schools can be serious. In the first instance, it can lead to an increase in complaints, including complaints regarding comfort levels (for example, too hot or cold), health: COVID, headache, irritated eye and nose mucous membranes (due to dry air) or fatigue and loss of concentration. Ultimately, this can result in an increase in absenteeism and costs, as well as a decrease in learning performance.
The following applies for schools: the optimal design of the floor space supports cost control and ensures appropriate attention is paid to sustainability. And of course, a good response to the primary task: providing a stimulating and productive learning environment. Good hygiene, well-used rooms (that are not overcrowded) and good air quality play a large part in creating the ideal learning environment.
Measure and collect
The People Counter sensors are used by IMBuildings as the foundation. These sensors collect data which can be used to estimate the effect of people on the environment. Occupancy can be measured by counting the footfall in every passageway. This information can be used to determine the utilisation of a building or room. The sensors help gain insight into how many people are in a room, as well as where they are moving. For example, these insights help prevent energy wastage, increase work efficiency and save costs. For example, the heating can be turned down slightly when occupancy is high, and turned down a lot when a room is unoccupied.
The so-called people-counting sensors are expanded with sensors that measure temperature, humidity and CO2 content. These insights help determine the appropriate response to air quality and health in relation to a room. With the Predictive Measurement technology, IMBuildings can even predict what will happen as a result of the influence of people on their environment. We offer a self-learning system that ensures the conditions inside buildings are optimal at all times.
We have sensors installed in different schools worldwide and they ensure the available rooms are used as efficiently as possible. This means optimal use of the floor space, efficient use of energy, and an improvement of air quality. After all, if the number of people in a room is known, immediate action can be taken to adjust the temperature and CO2 content. Higher comfort levels, lower costs and improved well-being.
IMBuildings sensors give you control and the ability to predict what will happen so you can intervene in time.
- Cost savings on energy and personnel
- Improved performance
- Higher productivity