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Application of building design strategies to create an environmentally friendly building envelope for nearly zero-energy buildings in the central European climate

Author(s): Volf, M., Lupíšek, A., Bureš, M., Nováček, J., Hejtmánek, P., Tywoniak, J.

Analysis of circadian stimulus allowed by daylighting in hospital rooms

Author(s): Acosta, I, Leslie, R. P., Figueiro, M. G.
Light is the major synchronizer of circadian rhythms to the 24-hour solar day. Compared to the visual system, the circadian system requires more light to be activated and is more sensitive to short-wavelength light. For those confined indoors, such as patients or residents in care facilities, the lack of access to daylight, or electric lighting providing a comparable amount, spectrum, distribution, duration, and timing, may compromise their human health and well-being.
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A Recovery-Oriented Care Approach: Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Newly Built Mental Health Facility

Author(s): Ahern, C. C., Bieling, P., McKinnon, M. C., McNeely, H. E., Langstaff, K.
An inpatient mental health hospital was renovated with a newly built environment that incorporated patient-centered, clinically informed designs in an attempt to improve overall safety and quality of care. The new designs were considerably expensive and had extensive design implications for other parts of the hospital outside of the mental health facility.
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Performance Evaluation of 32 LEED Hospitals on Operation Costs

Author(s): Sadatsafavi, H., Shepley, M. M.
As healthcare needs increase, providers strive to reduce operational costs while simultaneously increasing healthcare facility construction and renovation efforts. At the same time, certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) are examples of the emerging concerns regarding the environmental impact of healthcare facilities. The authors note that the number of studies documenting the benefits of more “green” facilities is limited; however, they hypothesize that upon comparing LEED-certified hospitals with uncertified ones, the LEED facilities will prove to have lower-than-average maintenance costs.
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Enhancing the Skin Performance of Hospital Buildings in the UAE

Author(s): Taleb, H. M.

Sustainable healthcare design: Existing challenges and future directions for an environmental, economic, and social approach to sustainability

Author(s): Zadeh, R. S., Xuan, X., Shepley, M. M.

Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare

Author(s): Trau, D., Keenan, K. A., Goforth, M., Large, V.

Delivering Rural Health in a Changing Health Model: A Qualitative Study Involving Four Hospitals

Author(s): Pati, D., Gaines, K., Valipoor, S.

A socio-ecological analysis of hospital resilience to extreme weather events

Author(s): Chand, A. M., Loosemore, M.

Impact of new water systems on healthcare-associated colonization or infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Author(s): Lefebvre, A., Quantin, C., Vanhems, P., Lucet, J. C., Bertrand, X., Astruc, K., Chavanet, P., Aho-Glélé, L. S.