Building envelope considerations for sustainable healthcare

Using smart glass can reduce glare, solar heat gain and nocturnal light trespass


An important sustainability strategy is to pay more attention to the building envelope, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the FacilitiesNet website.

One example is the use of smart glass to reduce glare, solar heat gain, and nocturnal light trespass. The latter allows patients to sleep more peacefully at night, according to  Kelly Thayer, senior associate and architect for Stantec Consulting Services. 

Smart glass — also called dynamic glass — can change in transparency, going from clear to nearly opaque, or change in tint, like sunglasses. Different types of smart glass use different technologies; electrochromic is the most common.

Hospital staff also benefit from daylighting and views, which can help them to decompress from the stress of patient care while they are on breaks. Thus, the staff lounge in one hospital was also put on the outside of the building and fitted with large windows, and the core was reserved for support spaces, clean and soiled utility rooms, equipment spaces, and nursing stations.

Read the article.

 

 



July 11, 2018


Topic Area: Sustainable Operations


Recent Posts

Skills Gap Remains Wide in Facilities Management

Many candidates lack the skills that are needed to be a facilities manager.


Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital Announces Expansion Project

The project will add 58 beds and 347,000 square feet of new and renovated service areas.


3 Key Roles Doors Play in Healthcare Facilities

From securing areas to reducing infection spread, doors play many parts in a healthcare facility’s operations.


Patient Chokes Out Roommate at Norristown State Hospital

The incident stemmed from a dispute over the roommate throwing the patient’s books.


OhioHealth Announces Expansion of Dublin Methodist Hospital

Construction is expected to begin in winter 2026.


 
 


FREE Newsletter Signup Form

News & Updates | Webcast Alerts
Building Technologies | & More!

 
 
 


All fields are required. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

 
 
 
 

Healthcare Facilities Today membership includes free email newsletters from our facility-industry brands.

Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Posts

Copyright © 2023 TradePress. All rights reserved.