Authors: Luka PAJEK, Mitja KOŠIR, Živa KRISTL, Katarina KACJAN ŽGAJNAR, Mateja DOVJAK
Corresponding author: Mateja DOVJAK
Type of paper: Original scientific article
Issue: Volume 11 | number 1 – 2017
The number of children enrolled in daycare centres is increasing, while indoor environmental quality of Slovenian children daycare centres remains insufficiently investigated. The purpose of this paper, as Part I of the larger study “Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in Slovenian children daycare centres”, was to holistically assess indoor environmental quality of 24 playrooms in 17 publicly funded children daycare centres in Slovenia. The performed holistic assessment included simultaneous in-situ measurements of the selected comfort parameters (i.e. indoor air quality, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort), which were compared with legal requirements and recommendations. The results of in-situ measurements showed that the most critical field was the indoor air quality (in 63% of playrooms cCO2i,avg >1667 ppm) and that the indoor environmental quality conditions met all of the legal requirements and recommendations only in 8% of the investigated playrooms. In general, if compared to other EU countries, the conditions in Slovenian facilities were slightly worse. Therefore, a holistic approach to the assessment of indoor environmental quality is vital to achieve a universally comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Part II of this study presents further investigation of interrelationship between different building characteristics and IEQ.