Do you remember your first college Parents Weekend, when as a freshman you welcomed mom and dad into your room? Did you have to hastily transform your room into an “acceptable” living space just prior to this reunion?
Off our kids go to college, perhaps moving out from under the watchful eyes of parents for the first time. While this transition to adulthood is ultimately strengthening in many ways, students are at a higher risk for health problems when they live in a college dormitory. Optimal indoor air management can mitigate a percentage of these health care risks. Therefore, college and university facility managers have not only the usual challenges of balancing IAQ with energy conservation and HVAC system costs, but perhaps unbeknownst to them, they also acquire some of the previous parental responsibilities for keeping students healthy and able to learn.