Linking energy, comfort and health symptoms

In the framework of the SEARCH II project, a combined comfort index (the SEARCH II Index) was developed in order to create a simple and readily understandable synthesis of several physical parameters as perceived by the children who completed the comfort questionnaires. This index can help schools to optimise children’s comfort and school energy consumption.

The SEARCH II Index was based on ratings attributed to children’s perceptions of thermal comfort, indoor air quality, noise and lighting in the classroom, using questions from the comfort questionnaire. The index was pilot tested during the SEARCH II project and should be validated in practice through well-designed studies assessing the effectiveness of interventions before and after modernisation that have an impact on children’s comfort.

Ministero Dell'ambiente Italian Trust Fund