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Investigating the Effect of Trees on Indoor Environment Conditions: A Case Study of The University Basic School, Legon

Student(s):Kadmiel Armah, Audrey Lomotey, Caitlyn Akusah, Nana Kwame Oppong-Duah, Kwaku Osei Fredua-Agyemang, Dzifa Samelia Awuye
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Teacher:Shadrack Kwaku Agyiri
Contributors:Enoch Lamptey, Christina Armah
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report, Standard Research Report
Protocols:Air Temperature, Relative Humidity, Surface Temperature
Presentation Poster: View Document
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Date Submitted:03/10/2020
Students Taking Measurements
It is not clear whether the benefits of improving outdoor environmental conditions in urban areas apply to building indoor environment when trees are integrated in building environments. This research seeks to investigate and also clarify whether building environments covered by plants have effects on indoor environmental quality, and building occupants' health and comfort. The review exercise revealed that building envelopes covered by plants can (1) improve indoor thermal conditions (2) compromise indoor light level. Evidences addressing the impact on indoor air quality (chemical, physical, and biological pollutants) is lacking in this research due to lack of requisite tools and expertise. There are however no evidences in this research addressing the impact of improved IEQ conditions, as a result of integrating trees in the building environment, on building occupants' health and comfort. This research is relevant to promoting afforestation and maintaining green spaces in urban buildings.