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Poor HVAC, Roof Conditions Threaten Schools


By Dan Hounsell HVAC
HVAC Technician

As temperatures soar to record highs nationwide, fears of climate change’s impact mount, and the Delta coronavirus variant threatens the population, close to one-half of K-12 educators surveyed in a recent EdWeek Research Center survey say HVAC challenges are urgent concerns in their school buildings, according to GovTech.

Fewer than 20 percent of teachers, principals, and district leaders describe the condition of their district’s school buildings as excellent. Thousands of school districts are suffering from a wide range of infrastructure shortcomings — leaky roofs, deteriorating pipes, poor ventilation, and overcrowding. Five percent of teachers, district leaders, and principals say school buildings in their district are in poor condition, and another 28 percent labeled their buildings fair. The remaining 51 percent said their buildings are in good condition.

Thirty-one percent of principals and district leaders said leaking or old roofs are an urgent concern. Twenty-nine percent said the same about the poor condition of floors, and 28 percent highlighted poor ventilation.

Dan Hounsell is Senior Editor, Facility Market. 

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