Designing a hospital or outpatient medical facility can be challenging with the need to adhere to multiple codes and guidelines, equipment coordination, and the possibility of problems beyond occupant comfort.
The provision of adequate ventilation is an essential factor in maintaining patient wellbeing in a health care setting; therefore, maintaining acceptable IAQ has become a huge challenge for health care facilities.
While the latest surgical technologies lead the push for more OR suite square footage, they also contribute to ever-tighter ceiling space. Add updated requirements for IAQ and electricity, and any renovation team needs to sharpen its strategy in advance of this delicate operation.
You can create a tailored algorithm or you can use Hartman Loop technology. You can implement better temperature controls for the chilled water supply or the condenser water. Keep your eye on the long term and pick your weapon.
A boiler plant that is constructed off-site and shipped offers some unique advantages for the design and construction process — and sometimes for the longer life of the facility, too. As you might imagine, the strategy also involves some unique engineering obligations and responsibilities along the way. Learn the essential components for getting high quality performance from a modular project.
Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit health care organization based in Roanoke, VA. In line with their mission to improve the health of the communities they serve, and with the intent of becoming a teaching facility, Carilion Clinic set upon upgrading their operating rooms and related existing HVAC systems at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, VA.
Historically used in smaller-load residential settings, electronically commutated mo-tor (ECM) technology is making the leap thanks to recent improvements and in-creased awareness among engineers. Start with the basics, proceed to advantages and caveats, and consider the ways ECM designs can streamline the economics of air movement.
Look at not only some nearly automatic benefits-in-waiting for your average hospital boiler retrofit, but also at some ideas for what to do if there isn’t budget for a full replacement. Meanwhile, a short laundry list of hospital-specific boiler considerations actually includes the laundry (but not how you might expect).
ASHRAE 170 is just the baseline for the fight against hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The ongoing human and financial tolls taken by these infections point to the need for engineers and facilities to raise their IAQ game wherever possible. Move beyond the minimum and get into the what, where, and how of HEPA filtration, ultraviolet technology, and catalytic air cleaners.
Air changes in some but not all spaces, duct liner here but not necessarily there, rooftop unit requirements … do the rounds and get a feel for the current condition of ASHRAE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.