Since the pandemic and last great recession, healthcare systems have been changing how patients are being served, and subsequently how they operate their facilities to meet these changing needs. In many cases, healthcare systems are moving from massive, centralized hospital campuses that patients must seek out, to smaller “doc-in-a-box” facilities that can serve dispersed patients closer to their homes and places of work. Add to this the complications of air quality and filtration from the pandemic, and air quality and movement become ever more front of mind.
To respond healthcare providers are finding solutions to help ensure success at procedural levels, while saving money and increasing redundancy and control in HVAC systems.
To meet these challenges and others, there are several trends to watch in the HVAC design of both new and existing facility renovations beyond stricter cleaning and filtration.