Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate

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Created: 2011-06-27 10:59
Institution: Department of Architecture
Description: A project examining hospital refurbishment funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the 'Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate' programme, 2009-12. The Principal Investigator is Professor Alan Short in the Department of Architecture at Cambridge. Co-Investigators: Professor Kevin Lomas (Civil and Building Engineering, University of Loughborough); Professor John Clarkson (Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge); Dr Claudia Eckert (Design Group, Open University); Dr Cath Noakes (Pathogen Control Engineering Research Group, University of Leeds). The team is working with four NHS Trusts (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust). We are interested in the possible effects of a changing climate on hospital energy use. The NHS is tasked with demanding energy reduction targets, but will it be possible to achieve them in a warming climate where custom-and-practice engineering solutions would suggest the increased use of mechanical cooling and air conditioning? The team is collecting and analysing data on current performance from representative buildings on the partner Trust sites, and is using this to develop a catalogue of possible refurbishment strategies.
 

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Robust Hospital Environments EXTRA: Leicester Neo-Natal

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A short film about the recent refurbishment of the Leicester Neo-Natal unit, expanding on the presentation in the 30-minute film 'Robust Hospitals' (also available on this site)

Collection: Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate

Institution: Department of Architecture

Created: Mon 27 Jun 2011


Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate: the DeDeRHECC project

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A film examining how existing National Health Service hospital architecture may be refurbished to become more resilient to extreme summer heatwaves.

Collection: Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate

Institution: Department of Architecture

Created: Mon 25 Mar 2013