Pilot assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) of learning environments in Bayero University, Kano

Sani Muhammad Ali, David Brett Martinson, Sura Ali Mohammed Al-Maiyah

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This pilot study is a preliminary work preceding an indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research being undertaken on the learning environments of Bayero University Kano (BUK). Enhanced IEQ promotes the health of building occupants, raises productivity and general welfare of office workers, affects energy consumption and, most importantly for this study; it positively affects teaching and learning activities. IEQ researches are being conducted in the four advanced continents which are situated primarily in temperate regions of the world but not in tropical Africa. IEQ Assessment of learning environments in BUK involves the measurement of their thermal characteristics, visual and acoustic qualities as well as the quality of their indoor air and evaluation against the building user survey data. This paper therefore, reports the results of these measurements and surveys at a pilot level focusing on three spaces within the university. Internal air and radiant temperatures, relative humidity, illumination, noise levels and CO2 concentration together with students’ survey data are reported and compared to international standards and typical assumptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2016
Subtitle of host publicationCities, buildings, people: towards regenerative environments
Place of PublicationLos Angeles
PublisherPLEA 2016 Los Angeles
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780692749616
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2016
EventPLEA 2016: Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 11 Jul 201613 Jul 2016
Conference number: 32


ConferencePLEA 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Internet address


  • IEQ
  • Thermal comfort
  • Visual comfort
  • Acoustic quality
  • Indoor air quality
  • Kano


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