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Reducing consumption and wastage in a safe way

Paul Millard, Technical manager at Water Regs UK, looks at some of the key ways to reduce water consumption and waste in healthcare facilities, while maintaining a safe and wholesome supply, as well as some of the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences if water-saving measures are not implemented with sufficient thought, care, and expertise.

The ongoing quest to make PPE more ‘sustainable’

At the Central Sterilising Club’s Autumn Study Day, Paul Chivers, who leads the PPE Innovation and Sustainability Team for NHS Supply Chain, described its work to encourage development of more reusable PPE, and improve the sustainability and efficacy of such products already in use.

Use what’s underfoot to reduce wastage and costs

Rohit Sharma, Resilient Sales manager at Bona – which provides ‘sustainable, high-performance products and systems for resilient flooring in healthcare settings’ discusses the advantages of floor refurbishment over replacement in healthcare facilities

Cladding and IPS specialist’s positive future outlook

BioClad, which manufactures and supplies bespoke IPS units, and also supplies hygienic and antimicrobial cladding to the healthcare, pharma, education, retail, hospitality, and commercial sectors, has established its first in-house IPS manufacturing unit in a new York facility, and – to ensure a more efficient supply – brought under one roof distribution of its wall cladding at a new Harrogate depot.

‘Factory to frame’ approach on delivering new hospitals

Paul Bell, a Partner at Ryder Architecture, discusses successfully delivering major healthcare projects in the context of post-Brexit labour shortages, post-pandemic material supply, and the escalating climate emergency – a challenge that he says ‘requires fresh thinking’.

Don’t let key equipment be ‘out of sight, out of mind’

Mike Dunne, Service and Aftersales Technical manager at Howorth Air Technology, discusses the company’s establishment and running of a dedicated CPD-accredited Ventilation Workshop designed to help contractors and engineers ‘fully understand the specific and detailed requirements of ventilation systems’.

‘Smarter’ buildings and the sustainability challenge

Ian Ellis, a ‘smart buildings’ specialist at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, explains why recent years’ heatwaves in the UK point to a new challenge – simultaneously mitigating the effects of climate change while dealing with the root cause of carbon emissions.

Examining how microgrids can enhance resilience

An Electrical Design engineer at Mott MacDonald discusses his research as part of a Master’s degree to understand the challenges the NHS faces to improve its electrical resilience, focusing particularly on microgrids and battery energy storage.

Taking the optimal steps to maintain water quality

Karina Jones, an IHEEM-registered Authorising Engineer (Water), and member of the Institute’s Water Technical Platform, considers some of the most prevalent hazardous waterborne bacteria found in healthcare premises, and the key steps to keep their growth and transmission in check.

The path to making Finnish healthcare more sustainable

Under Prime Minister, Sanna Marin’s 2019 Government Programme, Finland will be carbon-neutral by 2035, a goal requiring both faster reduction of emissions in all sectors, and strengthening of national carbon sinks. In this article, Leena Setälä, Sustainability director of the Hospital District of Southwestern Finland, sets out her vision for a ‘roadmap’ to reduce carbon emissions in the healthcare sector.

A significant challenge in the all-electrification process

Hospitals aren’t just another building; rather they are ‘a processing facility in which lives are being saved daily’ – this requires reliability and energy. So say James Moyes, Simon Witts, M.AIRAH, and Broden Kay of Australian STEM consultancy, VA Sciences, who argue that, as a result, ‘we should stop bundling them in with other building types when it comes to talking about green buildings’.

Making room acoustics a resounding success

The sound and acoustics generated in healthcare settings have a major impact on both patients and staff. With sound levels increasing, Andrea Harman, from Saint-Gobain Ecophon, discusses some of the main considerations in creating a quieter, more calming, recovery environment.

Far-reaching benefits of offsite modular construction

Tony Wells, Chief Executive Officer of Merit, a specialist in offsite manufacture and build of ‘hi-tech’ facilities for healthcare, laboratory, cleanroom, manufacturing, and other industrial environments, discusses some of the key time, other practical, and cost-saving benefits of this approach, drawing on some of the company’s recent projects in healthcare

Decarbonising the NHS with smart, flexible, resilient tech

The Energy Trilemma – an affordable, sustainable, and secure power supply – is a pressing global issue. Powerstar looks at the funding that can help Trusts transition to clean energy, and the technology available to reduce costs, lower emissions, and ensure a secure supply.

Using tech innovation to address global challenges

Manufacturers have recently had difficulties obtaining components. Medical technology specialist, Brandon Medical, explains how the business has adapted.

Safety and energy worries can drive low carbon future

The government took a joined-up approach when revising the Building Regulations, and if heating and cooling system designers do the same, we can tackle some of the country’s most urgent challenges, argues James Henley, Product Development manager at Daikin Applied UK.

Technology and modular build making impact felt

How can increased capacity at NHS car parks offer solutions, and not problems? Hospital car parking is a complex and multi-faceted issue. James Fildes, from Berry Systems, looks at how parking solutions can adapt and adjust for future demands.

Rapid testing technology puts London Trust in control

IDEXX’s Nigel Otter discusses Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s successful use of the company’s rapid microbiology systems to test for, and identify, Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ‘in-house’, in its water systems.

The NHS estate – not all about bricks and mortar

AA Projects’ Sarah Butler discusses a new NHS England resource which aims to show how the NHS can use and manage its estate ‘as a catalyst to boost social value, address local priorities, and enhance the wider determinants of health’.

Fire safety courses add to growing training portfolio

Visiting PPL Training’s York HQ, HEJ discovered what led it to begin covering key fire safety topics such as fire-stopping and fire door survey and inspection.

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