Designing quality learning spaces
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Design teams and project managers are required to comply with the DQLS Requirements.
About the requirements
The Designing Quality Learning Spaces (DQLS) series provides the requirements for the main internal environmental quality factors: acoustics, lighting and visual comfort, indoor air quality and thermal comfort.
The DQLS documents have been developed to provide technical requirements that assist architects, designers and engineers in creating quality learning environments that are fit for purpose.
The DQLS requirements apply to:
- All ‘new-build’ structures including extensions
- Prefabricated and new contracts for modular buildings
- Refurbishments of existing school buildings, including significant alterations.
A design team must ensure that any new learning space design complies with the DQLS requirements and upgrades should meet the requirements as near as practical.
Complying with the DQLS Requirements is mandatory.
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