Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Evaluation and HVAC Systems Assessment

Updated April 10, 2024

Background: As required by Sections 43 and 44 of CT Public Act 23-167, state law requires
boards of education, beginning January 1, 2024, to provide for uniform indoor air quality
inspections and evaluations of all school buildings annually using the Environmental Protection
Agency’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program. Current law also requires boards of
education to conduct HVAC inspections and evaluations by a certified technician, certified
industrial hygienist, or mechanical engineer within each school building every five years, by
January 2025.

Woodbridge Beecher Road School Action: In June 2023, Woodbridge Board of Education
contracted with Van Zelm Engineers, and Wings Testing and Balancing, to perform all related
testing and analysis of results. During the 2023-2024 school year findings were compiled,
analyzed, presented, and discussed by the firm with district leadership. The full report and
complete findings of the IAQ Evaluation and HVAC Systems Assessment can be found on the
Woodbridge Public Schools website at this link. Additionally, a brief presentation created by
Director of Facilities Vito Esparo was shared with staff in April 2024, and the presentation can
be found below.

Executive Summary: Proper ventilation and healthy indoor air quality promote a healthy and
positive learning environment. The extensive report noted that “Woodbridge Public Schools has
clearly taken measures in the past to address identified deficiencies with aging equipment… and
previously installed CO2 sensors to help control ventilation,” which we are proud to share as part
of our proactive approach to management of our facilities. The report also stated and affirmed
that Beecher Road Elementary School is meeting the current minimum ventilation requirements
as outlined in current guidelines. There was one key recommendation of a recommissioning of
our HVAC system, which will look to see that the HVAC system is operating as designed. (this
report only looked at air quality, not efficiency.) We remain committed to ongoing monitoring
and proactively updating systems to continue to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all and to support efficient building performance and operation.