Effects of indoor air quality on student well-being

Bison code: L.28317

Health is more than just not being ill. It’s about feeling healthy and energized in a way that suits you (Machteld Huber). Positive health comprises 6 pillars, according to Huber. Mental well-being is one of those pillars. This topic has been gaining a lot of attention recently due to the impact of Corona measures.

Saxion’s research group Lectorate Sustainable Building Technology is executing research concerning indoor air quality. The question to be answered is to what extent indoor air quality contributes to the mental well-being of people and thus to positive health. We already know from previous research that indoor air quality influences the ability to concentrate. But the influence may extend much further. To what extent does bad indoor climate affect mental well-being? And vice versa, (to what extent) does improvement of indoor climate lead to increased mental well-being?

The research starts with a literature search and interviews. What is already known about the relationship between indoor air quality and well-being? What are the relevant parameters to include in the research? What should you measure, where, how frequently? What should you ask test takers? Then you put it to the test and test it in practice.

Your group will develop a portable measuring instrument that sends measured data to your mobile. You will also collect data about mental well-being. You will analyse all this data within the group to find an answer to the research question.

In addition, your group will execute additional air-quality-measurements in a laboratory setting in Saxion’s newest Smart Tiny Lab in Enschede. In two identical test rooms, indoor-air-quality-data will be acquired under different conditions with two test persons. You will analyse the measurement results in order to find an answer to the research question.

Cluster: Experience Buildings & Environment 1

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):