Tag Archives: Healthcare

Prescription for Energy Savings: Reducing cost and consumption with upgraded cooling tower fans

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The average hospital uses three times the energy of typical commercial buildings, and U.S. medical facilities spend $8.8 billion annually on energy. Between lighting, medical equipment, HVAC, and plumbing, energy consumption in medical facilities outpaces any other type of building. For large hospital systems, annual costs can reach into the tens of millions of dollars—no small amount in an industry of thin margins.

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Designing Stone Wool Ceiling Assemblies

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Stone wool’s various attributes are making the material attractive for use in suspended ceilings in educational, office, and healthcare projects. This article touches on such assemblies’ acoustics, air quality and light reflection impacts, along with information about fire performance, humidity, and dimensional stability. Design professionals must also understand the aesthetic possibilities, including flexibility with edges, sizes, colors, surfaces, shapes, and textures.

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Designing to Prevent Infection

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U.S. healthcare organizations increasingly face the most daunting medical challenge since the pre-antibiotic age thanks to an aging population and ever-increasing multi-drug resistant and environmentally adaptive pathogens. Architects and designers have an important role in providing successful patient care. They may design an environment that inadvertently accumulates, propagates, and circulates pathogens or one which is the best ally in continually mitigating the bioburden that spreads disease. What should be done?

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Specifying Doors for a Healthier Environment

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Healthcare facilities contribute to patient well-being by balancing design elements in the built environment with safety and security. Proper selection of door and hardware products can help protect patients from harm and maintain a level of security for others, including professional and clinical staff. Doors, frames, locks, and electronic access control, can be used together to answer the challenges routinely found in behavioral health and crisis intervention centers. A well designed healthcare facility takes extra precautions to make sure doors and hardware provide security and protection without compromising safety.

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