Ecomondo 2022, indoor air quality

Eco Research participated in Ecomondo 2022 as co-author of an oral contribution in the session ” Indoor air quality: sources of emissions, air changes, energy efficiency and the new control and monitoring technologies”, moderated by prof. Settimo of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. A selection of students from the course “Chimica e Biotecnologie Ambientali e Sanitarie” of the Istituto Tecnologico “Galileo Galilei” and the course “Costruzione-Territorio-Ambiente” of the ITCAT “A. and P. Delai” presented the first results of the air quality monitoring carried out in school environments, aiming at determining the indoor air quality and the variables by which it is influenced.

The contribution, in which the students presented a video of the study, showed the trends of the analyzed parameters (concentration of CO2, TCOV (total volatile organic compounds), aldehydes, particulate material PM 10 and PM 2.5, temperature and relative humidity) under different environmental conditions. The results of the study allowed the elaboration of a strategy to improve indoor air quality, with positive effects on the level of attention (and health status) of students, teachers, and school staff. Furthermore, students of “A. and P. Delai” presented a project for a new window that allows the air to be exchanged in the room without having to open the window.Eco Research has promoted and collaborated in the monitoring by supporting the students with its technical-scientific know-how, materials, and instrumentation. Eco Research was involved in classroom and laboratory training of students to carry out air sampling and analysis, as well as supporting data interpretation. The visit to Ecomondo represented an excellent opportunity to show the results of the project to a wider audience, creating an opportunity to share and discuss results with other experts. The positive feedback received during the event is an opportunity to reflect on the value of the project and a starting point for its prosecution.