Building education to the future
Every day, millions of students go to school to learn, but unfortunately many children are affected by poor indoor air quality and high noise levels. According to the Acoustical Society of America, U.S. classrooms typically have a speech intelligibility rating of about 75%. That means every fourth word is missed. This not only affects the student’s possibility to learn, but also impacts the teachers as they must speak louder. It is also found that 50% of teachers suffer from irreparable damage to their voices, due to them speaking too loudly to be heard.
Rebuilding New York’s schools through partnerships
Research points out that investments in good acoustics and indoor climate throughout schools can have a life-changing impact. The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2021 is expected to invest $130 billion to help reopen public schools and provide students and educators a healthy place to learn and work. This provides a unique opportunity to build back better and strengthen health and wellbeing among children and teachers.
Co-creating the solutions
We already know that optimal acoustics, air quality, natural lighting and aesthetics work together to impact how students understand teachers, stay focused and perform. Creating these optimal conditions for learning requires product designed to address all the unique needs of education spaces. To rebuild New York’s schools for the future, we must also look for new inspiration that can help provide both students and educators with safe place to grow and work. On September 30, during BuildingEnergy NYC, leading experts will discuss how New York’s schools can be built back better. Join us for an inspiration discussion and meet leading pioneers in the field:
- Annie Bevan, Executive Director, mindful MATERIALS
- Rodolfo Perez, Senior Director, The International WELL Building Institute
- John Shea, Chief Executive Officer, New York City Department of Education
- Erika Eitland, Director, Human Experience Lab, Perkins&Will
- John Medio, President Americas, Rockfon North America
The session takes place during BuildingEnergy NYC on September 30th, 2021 from 3.20-4.20pm and is organized by the Danish Cleantech Hub. Read more about the session HERE and about the conference HERE.