For a building program to be successful and sustainable, it must include an operating budget as well as a construction budget. Fifteen to 20% of the total cost of a building is first cost, and that remaining 80% or more is in the operation of the building over its life. The following is a sample of what the HVAC annual operating budget add-on to the current hospital operating budget along the infection control beta-test site data collection reporting could look like at the conceptual phase of a new patient floor infection control (IC) corridor HVAC design renovation.
When designing a renovated patient care space within a hospital facility, the design engineer should refresh her memory relative to this Basis of Design by first going to ASHRAE Handbook 2015 Applicationsand read Chapters 8 Health-Care Facilities, Chapters 36 through 43 relative to building operation and management, Chapter 59 HVAC security, and Chapter 61 codes and standards. In addition the design engineer should take into account ASHRAE Standard 170-2013, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.