There’s no question buildings affect our health, and WELL ratings help to ensure they improve occupants’ well-being and boost productivity.
Around Australia, the solution many office workers use to combat ‘tiredness’ in the middle of the afternoon revolves around a latte from their favourite coffee shop.
Less common are thoughts about better access to daylight, better ventilation and better thermal comfort. More broadly, whilst considerable effort has gone into improving the performance of buildings from a sustainability perspective, less attention has been given to building design from a standpoint of human health.
Yet the importance of buildings in health outcomes cannot be underestimated. In cardiovascular health, for example, the elimination of environmental pollutants such as tobacco and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) helps to avoid damage to the heart and vessels. In the immune system, use of non-toxic chemicals limits the exposure to chemicals which weaken immune function whilst water and air-filtration systems limit exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens and allergies.
read more here
by Andrew Heaton | SOURCEABLE
Healthcare service delivery is a fascinating and challenging industry. It is driven by many variables such as a growing population, ageing demographic, frequently changing Medicare reimbursement and other co-funding models as well as a fast pace of technological advancements in medicine and medical devices.
In light of this, construction of hospitals, medical precincts and facilities has never been more challenging. Capital project administrators, architects and construction professionals should play an important role in a necessary shift in thinking about the healthcare infrastructure and project delivery.
Less than a decade ago, the forces and motivations shaping this process were simpler:
- Regulators needed to provide adequate service for constituents
- Hospital administrators needed to ensure efficient patient flow and top patient care
- Construction groups needed to deliver projects on-time, on-budget based on agreed construction plans
The reason why this stopped working is multi-faceted. Firstly, healthcare services provision needs have evolved from turnover based to outcome based. Secondly, technological advancements in medicine and medical equipment has been much faster than advancements in construction methodologies, project planning and data and evidence driven forecasting.
read more here
by Rob Maroszek | SOURCEABLE