Maryland Governor Provides Public School Districts with $30 Million for IAQ Improvements in Buildings

Maryland governor announces $30 million grant for IAQ in public schools. Improvements in air quality and construction are to keep students and faculty safe. Find out how IAQ, HVAC and plumbing experts are needed to help schools.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced $50.5 million in critical capital projects funding for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). $30 million will go toward the Healthy School Facility Fund project in particular, which provides for IAQ improvements in school buildings for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The funding stems from Senate Bill 611, in 2018. Maryland Association of Counties stated in testimony,

The State’s school facilities are an average age of 29 years, a statistic that belies many schools much older than 29 years and still in regular use. Issues such as heating failures, air quality concerns, mold and temperature fluctuations frequently plague aging schools. Investment in updated systems and infrastructure improvements in these areas contributes to healthy learning environments. Addressing these building issues may also provide long-term cost savings for counties, school boards and the State of Maryland with improved energy efficiency and extended facility life.

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The project presents a huge opportunity for local HVAC, IAQ and plumbing businesses in Maryland. Learn more about the funding and the critical role IAQ has in school reopening plans.

Benefits of IAQ Improvements in School Buildings

Schools will spend the MSDE funding on improving the learning environment for students in public school buildings. Studies show that comfortable temperatures and healthy indoor air quality increase a student’s academic performance. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says IAQ improvements in school buildings decrease student absenteeism due to illness, allergies and asthma. Lastly, building projects to improve IAQ and energy efficiency are proven to be cost-effective in the long-run.

The Critical Role of HVAC, Plumbing and IAQ Experts

According to the bill, the Interagency Commission on School Construction shall give priority in awarding grants to schools based on the severity of need for the following issues in the school, including:

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Indoor air quality
  • Mold remediation
  • Temperature regulation
  • Plumbing
  • Windows

HVAC, plumbing and IAQ experts’ have a critical role. They will help determine which schools in Maryland are given project priority.

A thorough assessment of each school’s buildings will report on water leaks, energy efficiency, air pollutants, mold and HVAC system functionality. After a completed assessment, applications are submitted for review and approval. With project approval, schools are then allocated grants for products, installations and services.

Get Involved

As more public schools work to improve their public school buildings with IAQ products and services, the demand for testing and installing is set to explode in 2021. If you’re in the home service business and not sure how to get started in IAQ, we can help.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joseph Gavica

Joseph Gavica

Joseph is KGG’s Content Strategist and a part of our digital services team. Joseph joined KGG in 2020, which would prove to be a pivotal year for the HVAC and IAQ industry. His expertise and focus are in ensuring that the right information reaches the right people. Joseph graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Public Relations and Image Management. Learn more about how we approach HVAC Content Marketing and SEO for HVAC Businesses.
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