4 Key Factors Shaping Australian Healthcare Construction



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.


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by Rob Maroszek | SOURCEABLE

Making Wood Last with Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique

japan wood charring


Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. Traditionally, Sugi wood (cryptomeria japonica L.f., also called Japanese cedar) was used. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.


Today Shou Sugi Ban is an environmentally friendly way to preserve timber and (paradoxically) make it fire-resistant. Chemical preservatives, paints, and retardants are therefore unnecessary. In addition to exterior uses, the popular technique is now found in interior rooms, furniture, and artwork.


It is still a popular tradition in the Okayama Prefecture of Japan. Nowadays, designers and architects use other species of wood like western red cedar, douglas fir, cyprus, pine and oak. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. Although time consuming, the final product is not only gorgeous, with its rich, silvery finish; the charred wood also resists fire, rot, insects, and can last up to 80 years.


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by campinglifequest.com

This Incredible Skyscraper Is Actually A Vertical Forest



Nanjing Green Towers isn’t your average skyscraper, you see it’s actually Asia’s first vertical forest.


The idea behind a vertical forest is simple: You essentially turn a building into a giant living breathing air filter, helping to clear the air pollution that often comes hand in hand with city living.


It’s a truly astonishing piece of architecture, you see dotted along its facades are 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees while a staggering 2,500 plants and shrubs then cover a 6,000sqm area.


Not only does this increase biodiversity in the local area but it will be able to absorb some 25 tonnes of CO2 every year while producing some 60kg of oxygen every day.


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by Huffington Post UK

Upgrading Building Performance at Museums Victoria



Thanks partly to green building certification systems such as Green Star, LEED, and BREEAM, increasing the sustainability of the built environment has become a prominent goal in the corporate, healthcare, and government spheres.


New structures account for the bulk of certifications, though retrofits also offer abundant opportunities for improving building performance.


Museums Victoria has begun a program, in accordance with the Labor Government’s Greener Government Buildings program, that aims to increase the performance of six sites through equipment retrofits. Melbourne Museum, the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum, and the Simcock Avenue storage facilities are being retrofitted to improve their performance. These facilities are strikingly different structures and thus require unique approaches to optimise efficiency.


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by Steve Hansen | SOURCEABLE

New World Trade Centre Could be Perth’s Biggest Building



Perth’s struggling economy could be given a long-term boost following the announcement that a proposal which would include the city’s tallest building has progressed beyond preliminary assessment stages.


In a joint announcement, State Premier Colin Barnett and World Trade Centre New York Association chairman Ghazi Abu Nahl said an unsolicited private sector bid to build a new World Trade Centre in Perth had progressed to the Stage Two detailed assessment phase under the government’s unsolicited bids policy and would now move forward into the detailed assessment phase.


Set to be located on 1.9 hectares of land between the Perth and McIvor train stations, the proposal will include two office towers of 75 metres and 36 metres in height with associated commercial, residential and recreational facilities which will include building above the train line.


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by Ahn Jae Wook | SOURCEABLE