Are most schools properly ventilated?

Paul M. Ehrlich, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Most schools are poorly ventilated. Schools from the '70s were built to have low energy loss -- an admirable goal itself. However, a certain amount of air circulation is required for people in a building, and a percentage of this should be fresh air from outside; some of these building went overboard trying to conserve energy and thus do not meet these standards. A study of radon in schools by the Government Accountability Office (then known as the General Accounting Office) found that over half of those surveyed had poor ventilation, which traps allergens.

If there is any dampness in a building like this, a toxic mold called Stachybotrys chartium may grow. One school in Connecticut was so moldy that it had to be torn down.
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