Electrical Contracting News (ECN) August 2016 - Page 44

SPECIAL FEATURE HVAC HEALTH CHECK HVAC is a big part of the vital infrastructure helping to ensure modern healthcare delivery and patient wellbeing in hospitals across the UK. Chris Needham of Schneider Electric explains how modern HVAC solutions as part of a Building Management System (BMS) can help improve the healthcare environment and lower energy usage. Hospitals are the second most energy intensive buildings to run after restaurants. Globally, the cost of operating healthcare sites, including energy costs, are on the rise. More with less Whether building a new hospital, or retrofitting an existing facility, hospitals are under mounting pressure to do more with less, while also complying with strict regulations, ever changing technology, plus health and safety measures. The Centre for Sustainable Energy recently found that UK hospitals are one of the highest average carbon dioxide emitters in the country. In fact, energy alone makes up almost one quarter of the National Health Service (NHS) carbon footprint. At the core of this efficiency problem are outdated and siloed processes, along with legacy systems. Fortunately, new advances in technology now make it possible to integrate traditionally separate facility systems together to form an ‘intelligent’ hospital infrastructure. As a result, significant improvements in patient safety and outcomes and reductions in operational costs are possible. Through the use of intelligent infrastructure, hospitals can manage everything from HVAC to lighting to CCTV, patient journeys and valuable medical equipment assets. This improves both the environment of care and the bottom line. It’s vital that these platforms are flexible, scalable and repeatable, whilst delivering the right information, to the right people, at the right time. Intelligent infrastructure Acting as a central nervous system for the hospital an intelligent technology infrastructure integrates traditionally disparate systems. Power, building management, security and IT can be integrated to enable cross-system communication, as well as real time monitoring, optimisation and automation. When a hospital’s systems can ‘talk’ with each other without the need for complex interfaces, the resilience of the infrastructure as a whole is strengthened and provides access to greater information and 44 SPECIAL FEATURE HVAC HEALTH CHECK HVAC is a big part of the vital infrastructure helping to ensure modern healthcare delivery and patient wellbeing in hospitals across the UK. Chris Needham of Schneider Electric explains how modern HVAC solutions as part of a Building Management System (BMS) can help improve the healthcare environment and lower energy usage. H ospitals are the second most energy intensive buildings to run after restaurants. Globally, the cost of operating healthcare sites, including energy costs, are on the rise. More with less Whether building a new hospital, or retrofitting an existing facility, hospitals are under mounting pressure to do more with less, while also complying with strict regulations, ever changing technology, plus health and safety measures. The Centre for Sustainable Energy recently found that UK hospitals are one of the highest average carbon dioxide emitters in the country. In fact, energy alone makes up almost one quarter of the National Health Service (NHS) carbon footprint. At the core of this efficiency problem are outdated and siloed processes, along with legacy systems. Fortunately, new advances in technology now make it possible to integrate traditionally separate facility systems together to form an ‘intelligent’ hospital infrastructure. As a result, significant improvements in patient safety and outcomes and reductions in operational costs are possible. Through the use of intelligent infrastructure, hospitals can manage everything from HVAC to lighting to CCTV, patient journeys and valuable medical equipment assets. This improves both the environment of care and the bottom line. It’s vital that these platforms are flexible, scalabl H[\X]XK[[]\[HY[ܛX][ۋHY[K]HY[YK[[Y[[\X\BX[\H[[\\\[H܂H][[[[Y[XB[\X\H[Yܘ]\Y][ۘ[B\\]H\[\ˈ\Z[[›X[Y[Y[ X\]H[U[B[Yܘ]Y[XHܛ\\[B[][X][ۋ\[\X[[YH[ۚ]ܚ[[Z\][ۈ[]]X][ۋ[H][8&\\[\˜[8&[&H]XX\]]HYY܈\^[\X\B\[Y[HوH[\X\H\BH\[[Y[ݚY\˜X\ܙX]\[ܛX][ۈ[  M P8$ZY\[ N ̌ M L B