Cost-effective solutions to create healthier schools in New Zealand
Boulic will discuss low-cost solutions implemented in New Zealand classrooms to monitor indoor air quality to ensure children have healthy classroom environments.
The first part of the presentation will follow testing results of the installed solar ventilation units in 12 classrooms. Investigating indoor air quality (IAQ) using standard monitoring equipment was found to be very costly. Fortunately, developments in low-cost sensor research, remote logging and data transmission equipment have opened up new horizons for IAQ monitoring.
Boulic will also discuss the development of the SKOMOBO platform – a product of excellent industry engagement and effective interdisciplinary collaboration – and will report on preliminary data of this research project.
Boulic’s area of expertise is focused on the interface of building technology and public health. He has led a few intervention studies, investigating the relationship between domestic heaters, ventilation and the level of pollutants (mould, bacteria, chemicals and moisture) in homes and in classrooms. These studies had a strong sympathy for vulnerable communities characterised by low incomes. Māori and Pasifika communities are particularly at risk, through a higher burden of disease.
Recently, Boulic has moved his interest from the home to the school environment – specifically primary schools and children’s exposure to indoor contaminants. He has led the development of a low-cost IAQ monitoring platform.