A work-related learning project for energy efficiency evaluation and indoor comfort of school buildings

A work-related learning project for energy efficiency evaluation and indoor comfort of school buildings

Paola Lassandro Marina Zonno 

ITC-CNR, Construction Technologies Institute-Italian National Research Council, Bari Branch, Via Paolo Lembo 38/b, Bari, Italy

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The students spend most of their time after homes in their classroom, where indoor air conditions, thermal and visual comfort are not often adequate. Therefore, students’ health and performance may get worse. This implies the need to experiment with new tools that enable an integrated approach for school buildings’ indoor environment evaluation.  They are based on the innovative use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in order to involve actively users in the improvement process of indoor comfort of their school and to manage the complexity of the information as well as to make it easily accessible to all stakeholders. Since students can play an important role in promoting energy saving actions within their family and community, it was carried out a work-related learning project that involved directly high school students to monitor their indoor comfort (CO2 concentration, lighting and thermal measurements) from an objective and subjective point of view. The paper aims at presenting the results of the work-related learning project through a technical virtual tour, created also by drone as a tool to educate but also to help stakeholders to evaluate comfort problems and energy efficiency as well as to find possible improvement measures.


energy efficiency, indoor comfort, ICT, SAPR, school building, virtual tour

1. Introduction
2. Methodology and innovative tools
3. The case study: a school building built at the end of the 90s
4. Results
5. Conclusions

The authors thank the school principal and the teaching staff of the high school E. Fermi - Bari, and especially all the students of the class 3rd G (School year 2015/2016) who participated with enthusiasm and curiosity in the ASL project "Energy Audit of The School" proposed by the CNR (National Research Council). A special thanks to the students Roberto Aratri, Paola Pertosa, Matteo Rugge and Carmen Sisto for carrying on the project activities in School year 2016/2017.


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