Many CA Classrooms Have Insufficient Ventilation According to New UC Davis Study

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A new study from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyzed ventilation rates in California K-12 classrooms with new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.  (iStock)

Almost 85 percent of California K-12 schools with heating, ventilation and air conditioning units installed in the past three years do not provide sufficient ventilation, according to a new study from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Inadequate ventilation can lead to unhealthy levels of indoor pollutants and correlates with illness-related absences. We'll talk about the study and how California schools can improve ventilation rates — and student health.

Guests:

Theresa Pistochini, engineering manager, UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center; co-author, "Ventilation rates in California classrooms: Why many recent HVAC retrofits are not delivering sufficient ventilation"

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