For lift platforms that are capable of reaching higher, many are poorly designed and disruptive, too tightly enclosed for those uncomfortable in small spaces, and require demolition of floors or walls to hide internal lift machinery. Now, however, industry advances promise quieter, ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.
More and more facility managers are being challenged to control building energy costs and enhance their property’s “green” reputation. In a typical building, almost 40 percent of the energy consumed is used for cooling and heating, according to data from the Department of Energy.
LEED-certified buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption and waste. While the LEED standards are designed to minimize a building’s overall carbon footprint, certification also has broader financial benefits.
For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect patients and personnel at healthcare facilities from the danger of smoke and fire – protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits for healthcare facilities.
Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and IBC to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers and architects prefer to meet these requirements with aesthetic solutions that fit into the building’s overall design.
When it comes to shutting off, limiting, or controlling flow in a plumbing system, PVC valves are the go-to product to make it happen. Although valves play a vital part in plumbing systems, selecting the correct PVC valve for the job can be incredibly frustrating.
Astute hospital administrators know they must leave no stone unturned when it comes to reducing or at least slowing the rising costs to operate a medical facility. When it comes to the cost of housekeeping, managers typically focus on how many housekeepers work in the facility and the cost to employ these people.
Building owners and facility managers are constantly monitoring building conditions while balancing performance and occupant comfort with the cost associated with running a building efficiently. Even more is at stake for hospitals and schools because building conditions also have a significant impact on the productivity and health of the students, teachers, patients and doctors.
Walking into a public restroom with sparkling floors, streak-free mirrors and fresh aromas is what every guest hopes for. However, even the cleanest restrooms can be a germ danger zone due to an often-overlooked restroom process: hand drying.
Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100% outside air required. With today’s concerns over high-energy expenses, reducing carbon footprints, plus efforts to make facilities green and provide a better indoor environment, reducing both new and existing lab and vivarium facility energy expenses has become a critical challenge.