Planning for the Unknown – Maximum Adaptability in Patient Floor HVAC Design

The world we live in is a rapidly changing place. Constantly improving technology, changing trends in healthcare delivery and public health emergencies are driving how we design the inpatient care spaces of the future. With the building lifespans averaging 50+ years the decisions made today will have significant impacts on how a building can adapt to a changing landscape. This article will examine the design of HVAC systems for patient floors and strategies to meet the demanding energy efficiency standards we face as well as be flexible enough for the uncertain future.