Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia, is an internationally acclaimed health care provider that uses advanced technologies and medical devices to enhance patient care. Officials call it one of the first “smart” digital hospitals in the Indian Ocean region.
Ultraviolet C (UV-C) technology has been used since the 1990s to eliminate microbial buildup on cooling coils, air filters, duct surfaces, and drain pans. But despite the technology’s history and track record, some facility engineers remain uncertain. On the other hand, some come around quickly.
Like several industries, if HVAC makes real headlines in national publications, it’s probably because something bad happened. That’s really unfair, given all of the incalculable comfort provided on a daily basis and the effort spent on safety and efficiency. But that’s generally the way it goes, and lately, Legionnaire’s disease is back in the news thanks to testing that turned up the culprit in the water system last month at Allegheny General in Pittsburgh.
Probably a year before 9/11, I was asked my thoughts along the lines of, “What else should we commission beyond the standard building systems?” My client was the project engineer at the Department of Defense in the Pentagon. I suggested “commission project record drawings.” I guess you could say I made up the task of commissioning record drawings, but I got my point across.
Hospitals in the U.S., already facing daunting challenges from evolving health care reimbursement models, now have another item on their to-do list: prepare for increased health care demands and weather disasters caused by climate change.
A few months ago, this column covered the basics of developing effective control system sequences. You might recall that it discussed the process of how a designer needs to select and describe sequences that provided safe, reliable, and efficient control.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.