Measurements of indoor air quality in four Norwegian schools
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- SINTEF Proceedings 
Children spend a minimum of six hours per day in Norwegian schools. Their exposure to different indoor air quality it is known to affect their performance. It is very common to use demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) in schools as is estimated to save about SO% of the conventionally used energy for ventilation. CO2 and temperature are the preferred control parameters. Usually, it was expected that these human-centric controls resulted in high indoor air quality as occupants are the largest source of contaminants. This study presents measurements for two months to up to one year in the supply and room air in the four classrooms whose ventilation is CO2-based DCV. Using low-cost sensors formaldehyde, PM1, PM2.s, relative humidity CO2 and temperature were monitored. Even when the CO2 concentration lied below 1000 ppm 1) the concentration of formaldehyde surpassed the recommended WHO thresholds in 30 % of the time and 2) RH is below 20 % during 56 % of the time.