Application of building design strategies to create an environmentally friendly building envelope for nearly zero-energy buildings in the central European climate
Energy and Buildings
Adaptive glazing technologies: Balancing the benefits of outdoor views in healthcare environments
Energy savings in hospital patient rooms: The role of windows size and glazing properties
Analysis of circadian stimulus allowed by daylighting in hospital rooms
Lighting Research and Technology
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.
A socio-ecological analysis of hospital resilience to extreme weather events
Construction Management and Economics
Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare
HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Sustainable healthcare design: Existing challenges and future directions for an environmental, economic, and social approach to sustainability
Performance Evaluation of 32 LEED Hospitals on Operation Costs
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.
A Recovery-Oriented Care Approach: Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Newly Built Mental Health Facility
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
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.
Impact of new water systems on healthcare-associated colonization or infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa
GMS Hygiene and Infection Control