Designing quality learning spaces

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Required

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Building Scientist
  • Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Boards
  • Proprietors

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.

Download the DQLS Requirements

Ensure you are using the latest version of the document by directly downloading the document from the link below.

  

Acoustics

Acoustics (V3.0 2020)  [PDF, 2 MB]

DQLS Overview — Acoustics (2020) [PDF, 602 KB]

Lighting and Visual Comfort

 

Lighting and Visual Comfort (V2.0 2020) [PDF, 3.8 MB]

DQLS Overview — Lighting (2020) [PDF, 727 KB]

Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort 

Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort (V1.0 2017) [PDF, 6.3 MB]

DQLS Overview — Indoor Air Quality & Thermal Comfort (2017) [PDF, 560 KB]

 

Reports 

 

IEQ Design Report Template [DOCX, 2 MB]

  • A design team must use this report to show compliance with the DQLS mandatory requirements

Daylight Calculator Tool [XLSX, 2.2 MB]

  • A design team must use this calculator to provide supporting calculations for simple building forms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [PDF, 200 KB]

  • This provides information on FAQ such as the application of the requirements to refurbishments. 

 

Feedback and future amendments

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If anything in this document requires clarification, or if you would like to provide feedback, please contact the Ministry at School.Design@education.govt.nz.

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