Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2017

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12 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2017 | MCDM AG.COM Industry news, awards, etc. University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning lecturer Farhana Ferdous has won a grant from the Toyota Foundation to study how the physical layout and spatial confi guration of such facilities can best support residents' well- being. Ferdous said the grant will allow her to build on a previous study she conducted of three long-term care facilities in Lawrence, Kansas, expanding it to 12 facilities across the country, with the hope to extrapolate the results of the local study to the nation as a whole. Eventually, she said, she'd like to expand the study to developing countries and elsewhere around the globe. The grant-funded research will take place during the 2017-18 academic year. For details, visit news.ku.edu. Study to See How Facility Design Affects Dementia Patients EIA Report Reveals Lighting Trends The most recent Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey collected new information about lighting control technologies and strategies in the United States in 2012. A new EIA report, Trends in Lighting in Commercial Buildings, details these strategies and provides information about lighting technologies in commercial buildings, including healthcare facilities. Different activities demand different amounts of light within a building. The average amount of lit fl oorspace for buildings is 79 percent. Not surprising, large healthcare facilities exceed this average and have light in about 91 percent of fl oorspace. The report also provides data on the use of different bulb types. Since 1995, CBECS has used similar questions to capture lighting use in buildings, allowing for comparisons across survey years for fi ve bulb types: standard fl uorescent, compact fl uorescent, incandescent, high-intensity discharge and halogen. Read the full report at eia.gov. ILLUMINATING STATISTICS Images:Dreamstime A "heat map" of a memory-care facility from a 2013-14 study. BREAKDOWN OF BULB USE A new white paper, "Investing in Behavioral Health for Bet- ter Outcomes: Value-driven facility improvements to promote more effective care" was recently released. The paper evaluates the qualitative and effective strategies that reduce staff injuries, improve patient outcomes and change the way communities look at mental healthcare. Visit bwbr. com/research. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering has been named a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Energy Effi ciency Program Delivery Award winner. The organiza- tion was honored for its work to help healthcare facilities become more energy effi cient. For details, visit energystar.gov/ awardwinners. Mazzetti+GBA has developed a waste footprint calculator called WasteCare to help hospitals and healthcare organizations determine the environmental footprint of their full waste streams. The free online tool is available as a beta at https://wastecare. mazzetti.com. University Mechanical Engineering Contractors was recently recognized with the 2017 Tom Guilfoy Craftsman- ship of the Year Award. The award was in recognition of the mechanical contracting work it completed on the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center project in La Jolla, California. Presented by the California chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, the award is presented for attention to detail and teamwork. IN BRIEF Fluorescent lights illuminate 80 percent or more of lit fl oorspace for seven building types: education, food sales, other, healthcare, offi ce, public order and safety and service. STANDARD FLUORESCENT 80%+ More than 10 percent of lit fl oorspace uses CFL bulbs in seven other principle building activity categories — food service, religious worship, public order and safety, public assembly, retail (other than mall), healthcare and offi ce. COMPACT FLUORESCENT 10%+ There was a statistically signifi cant decrease in the share of lit fl oorspace using incandescent lamps in seven building categories between 2003 and 2012: education, lodging, food service, religious worship, retail (other than mall), healthcare and offi ce. INCANDESCENT 4%

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