It’s no doubt that going green within construction is the way forward, with a huge focus on protecting the environment construction companies are trying their best to be as eco-friendly as possible whilst still making a profit. But what about Hospital construction? We’ve picked 5 things hospital construction can do to go green:
1) Roof garden
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Roof gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing but practical too. What better way to minimise carbon emissions produced by transporting food by providing your patients with fresh fruit and vegetables. The garden can also help insulate the building in the winter and soak up storm water which in the long term could reduce water pollution too.
It’s important to let the sun shine within the hospital building, big windows allow the sun to shine through and reduce the need for electric lighting throughout the day. Not only does it save money, but it also lifts the mood of patients when they’re surrounded by warm sunshine!
3) Save on water
Water consumption can be extremely costly within hospital construction, it really is the little things that make a big difference. Low flow taps and sensors can be installed into the building to ensure no waste, as well as water efficient shower heads. It’s also important to give people the reminder to save on water, whether that be digitally or with visual reminders like posters around the building.
4) Use sustainable materials
A lot of building materials are bad for the environment, the use of more sustainable materials is very much the way forward! Fire resistant steel frames could be used over materials like timber. Concrete is another extremely popular building material within the construction industry, it releases tons CO2 into the atmosphere - this can be avoided however with alternative materials like grasscrete or recycled plastic.
5) Waste management
Ensuring recycling from day one can make life much easier when it comes to Hospitals going green. This, as well as eliminating unnecessary purchases can ensure effective waste management. Medical waste that cannot be dealt with on site should be disposed of properly and efficiently by disposal firms.
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