The role of parametric modelling and environmental simulation in stimulating innovation in healthcare building design and performance

Osaji, EE and Price, ADF 2009, The role of parametric modelling and environmental simulation in stimulating innovation in healthcare building design and performance , in: 2nd Annual Conference of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) : Improving healthcare infrastructures through innovation, 2nd-3rd April 2009, Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

The significance of environmental impacts on healthcare building performance is evident in the National Health Service (NHS) annual carbon footprint – estimated to be about 18 million tonnes of CO2 – representing approximately 3% of England’s total carbon emissions. The NHS annual energy expenditure is currently over £429 million which represents approximately 22% of its total carbon footprint. This paper – through case study research – describes how parametric modelling and environmental simulation can be applied for the energy-efficient design of new, and performance evaluation of existing healthcare buildings. Building energy performance evaluation is important and its integration during the design stage is capable of overcoming the energy-efficiency barrier while facilitating low-energy building design by a 50-75% reduction in consumption levels. Parametric modelling and environmental simulation has an important role to play through: strengthening the evidence base; mitigating environmental impacts; assessing innovative solutions; improving collaboration between healthcare building design teams; consensus building among multiple stakeholders; reduction in energy costs; and improvement in occupancy comfort.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings HaCIRIC International Conference 2009
Publisher: Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC)
Depositing User: EE Osaji
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 10:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58166

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