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Impact of the Physical Environment of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities (RHCSF) on Staff and Residents A Systematic Review of the Literature

Author(s): Joseph, A., Choi, Y.-S., Quan, X.
Strategies related to the design of the built environment should be considered within the context of the culture of the organization and the resident population. This study of the physical environment of residential health, care, and support facilities addresses the range of settings and population, where other studies have been lacking. The literature review strongly suggests that the built environment is an important component of care provided in residential care settings.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2018

Functional recovery of a resilient hospital type

Author(s): Short, C. A., Noakes, C. J., Gilkeson, C. A., Fair, A.
Added October 2017

Comparative Analysis of Hospital Energy Use: Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia

Author(s): Burpee, H., McDade, E.
​Today, operational hospitals in the United States consume an enormous amount of energy. This study is an outgrowth of previous research evaluating high-quality, low-energy hos­pitals that serve as examples for new high-performance hospital design, construction, and operation.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2017

Life Safety Code Comparison

Author(s): Crowley, M. A., Harper, J. E.
Added May 2014

Different Types of Door-Opening Motions as Contributing Factors to Containment Failures in Hospital Isolation Rooms

Author(s): Tang, J. W., Nicolle, A., Pantelic, J., Klettner, C. A., Su, R., Kalliomaki, P., Saarinen, P., Koskela, H., Reijula, K., Mustakallio, P., Cheong, D. K. W., Sekhar, C., Tham, K. W., Costa, C.
When under negative pressure, hospital isolation rooms are essential for both the containment of patients emitting airborne infectious agents as well as the protection of other patients from these agents. A plethora of different doors are used in the construction of these rooms, but relatively few studies have analyzed how certain door-opening motions and the passage of healthcare workers through these doors can affect the overall performance of isolation rooms.
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Added September 2017

Flexibility: beyond the buzzword-practical findings from a systematic literature review

Author(s): Carthy, J., Chow, V., Jung, Y-M., Mills, S.
While many healthcare facilities claim to have incorporated flexibility and adaptability into their new design, few have documented the outcomes of such claims. In reality, many healthcare facilities are outdated before they are built and fully occupied. These facilities then require extensive renovation and replacement during their life cycle to respond to changing demands of demographics, technology, and care delivery models. 
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Added November 2014

Thermal comfort of an air-conditioned office through different windows-door opening arrangements

Author(s): Daghigh, R., Adam, N.M., Sopian, K., Sahari, B.B.
Added October 2012

Symposium looks into healthy designs

Author(s): Bennett, S.
Added October 2012

Transforming care in children's hospitals through environmental design: Literature Review

Author(s): Joseph, A., Keller, A., Kronick, K.
Added October 2012

Buildings and Climate Change

Author(s): UNEP
Added October 2012