Better air quality, ventilation, and healthy classroom breathing zones have boosted student achievement and strengthened teaching performance by creating a learning environment with clean, safe, and healthy ventilation.
What should I consider when it comes to my HVAC?
HVAC systems can be a significant source of maintenance and operational issues that organizations face when managing them. Focusing on prevention rather than reacting to issues through temporary fixes will prevent recurring problems. This results in a more stable and efficient HVAC system, contributing to Safer Air in your schools.
But schools are up against significant challenges:
Maintenance Challenges: HVAC systems are complex and require regular maintenance to function efficiently. They can be prone to breakdowns, malfunctions, and inefficiencies.
Resource Constraints: Budget and time constraints can result in temporary fixes, which might not provide long-term solutions.
Staff Frustration: Continuous HVAC issues can lead to frustration among staff and volunteers, working in uncomfortable conditions, impacting their productivity and well-being.
Resource Waste: Repeatedly addressing the same issues with temporary fixes can lead to wasted resources, both in terms of time and money, without addressing the root causes of the problems.
What is a “District Portfolio Action Plan?
A District Portfolio Action Plan is an approach to school maintenance and energy savings that involves a comprehensive, strategic plan within a district or educational institution.
This approach aims to:
Optimize operational efficiency
Extend the lifespan of facilities
Reduce overall energy costs
Ensure students and staff of a safe and conducive learning environment.
How would I fund it?
Nearly $200 billion from an array of pandemic-related measures, including the American Rescue Plan Act, and another $350 billion was allotted to state and local governments, some of which can be used to improve ventilation in schools. California offers the CalSHAPE program to help schools assess their needs and apply for funds to purchase equipment.
Where can I get help?
LifeWings Peak Performance (LWPP) serves as a Safe Air Partner by identifying available state and federal fundingresources and helpingsecure them for your schools. LifeWings can then guide you through auditing and assessing the condition of your HVAC Systems, which makes you eligible to secure funding for your facilities.
By implementing a District Portfolio approach to maintenance and energy savings, educational institutions can create a sustainable and efficient learning environment that benefits the institution and its community.
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