Indoor Air Quality at Two Burnaby Schools
Nikolas Krstic
Burnaby South Secondary
Floor Location : J 159 V

ABSTRACTrnrnThis study was designed to test indoor air quality (IAQ) in Burnaby South Secondary School and Windsor Elementary School. Attempts were made to determine whether classrooms in either of these schools have good or poor IAQ, when compared to Health Canada Guidelines. Indoor air quality was obtained by using Quest AQ-5000 IAQ monitor. This instrument was set at 1-minute intervals during the measurements of the parameters and the measurements were saved through data logging. The following parameters were measured: Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Relative Humidity (R.H.) and room Temperature.rnrnBurnaby South Secondary School overall had acceptable values for every parameter and was within the guidelines. Nevertheless, the room P6 in the portable did not have an acceptable CO2 value that was suggested in the guidelines. Instead, CO2 concentrations went as high as 2100 ppm. At annex of Windsor Elementary School CO2 concentrations were not within the guidelines. The average of CO2 concentrations at Windsor was over 1200 ppm, with a maximum of over 4200 ppm.rnrnThis study shows that poor ventilation and fresh air supply in classrooms with large number of students may cause high concentration of CO2 and poor IAQ.rnrnrnKeywords: indoor air quality, environmental sciencern