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Enhancing Campus Sustainability

The Role of Indoor Environmental Quality

In an era where sustainability is at the forefront of global agendas, universities are increasingly embracing the challenge of creating environmentally friendly and health-conscious campuses.

A survey, aptly named the Sustainable Campus Report, prepared by the Higher Education Design Quality Forum, delves into the desires of students regarding campus facilities and how the quality of the internal environment plays an important role within the remit of sustainable development.

The Sustainable Campus Report is a comprehensive examination of student perspectives on campus facilities and their desires for a more sustainable and comfortable environment.

Among the key findings, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) emerges as a paramount concern for students. The large majority agreed that more comfortable temperatures, better air quality, better acoustics and natural daylighting would improve conditions across campus buildings, both academic and residential. The survey showed that 43% of students are turning down a university or discounting it from their options based on the perception of the quality of the estate; its buildings, facilities and location.

However, on a positive note, the installation of carpets emerges as a solution that aligns with multiple points raised in the report.

The Significance of Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality refers to the quality of air, light, and thermal comfort within enclosed spaces. It directly impacts the health, productivity, and overall well-being of occupants. The report underscores the importance of IEQ as a critical factor in creating conducive learning and living environments on campus.

The Role of Carpets in Enhancing IEQ

One notable solution highlighted in the report is the installation of carpets within campus buildings. While some might perceive carpets as mere decor, their benefits extend far beyond aesthetics. Here are some ways in which carpets contribute to improving IEQ:

  1. Air Quality Improvement: Carpets act as natural filters, trapping dust, allergens, and other airborne particles, thus improving indoor air quality. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies. This is a feature not shared by hard surface floors like vinyl or LVT, where dust particles sit on the surface of the floor and regularly become airborne.
  2. Noise Reduction: Campuses can be bustling hubs of activity, with noise pollution being a common concern. Carpets absorb sound, reducing noise levels and creating a more conducive environment for studying and concentration.
  3. Thermal Comfort: Carpets provide insulation, helping to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the year. Minimise heat conduction ultimately enhances occupant comfort and also contributes to energy efficiency by reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.
  4. Safety and Comfort: Walking on hard surfaces for extended periods can lead to discomfort and fatigue. Carpets offer a softer, more cushioned surface, promoting comfort and reducing the risk of slips and falls for both staff and students.

 

Embracing Sustainability through Carpet Installation

The inclusion of carpets in campus facilities not only addresses the concerns outlined in the Sustainable Campus Report but also aligns with broader sustainability goals. Sustainable carpet options, made from recycled materials and utilising considered manufacturing processes, further enhance their environmental credentials.

As universities strive to create healthier, more sustainable campuses, addressing Indoor Environmental Quality emerges as a priority. The Sustainable Campus Report sheds light on the importance students place on this issue and highlights the role of carpets as a multifaceted solution. By embracing the installation of carpets, universities can significantly enhance IEQ while advancing their sustainability objectives, ultimately fostering environments that promote the well-being and success of their students and staff alike.

View our Collection of Carpets suitable for educational environments, or find out more about the Sustainable Campus Report

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