Healthcare facilities have unique ventilation requirements. Lee Jenkins-Skinner, CIAT’s AHU specialist, highlights recently updated guidance in this key area for hospital premises.
Effective ventilation is vital to ensure safe, comfortable, and efficient indoor environments. For hospitals and healthcare facilities in particular, ventilation is a critical component in a building’s life-support system. There are a number of reasons that specifications for hospital ventilation systems are significantly more stringent than for typical commercial buildings. Use of healthcare premises is particularly intensive, with high-power requirements and high occupancy and traffic levels due to the constant flux of patients, staff, and visitors. Patients may be highly susceptible to airborne infection risks, and their medical condition may require close control of the indoor environment.
A significant contributor to the UK climate footprint
In terms of environmental impact, healthcare is a significant contributor to the UK’s climate footprint. Health Care Without Harm reports that in 2019, hospitals and related buildings were estimated to account for around 5.4% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
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