There is no question that the coronavirus outbreak will change how governments, businesses and individuals think about public health. Planning for future outbreaks will likely become a part of risk evaluation and management.
There is now a heightened awareness of how buildings influence our health, and if people weren’t paying attention before, they’re certainly paying attention now.
“The heightened awareness, I think, is going to come with a demand for better-performing buildings related to our health,” Allen ,Harvard assistant professor of exposure assessment science
How are the designs of our buildings combating infectious diseases and improving public health outcomes?
Are there design measures which might be instituted in buildings to help safeguard against the worsening of the infectious disease spike in the future?
- Quality of air ventilation – Better mechanical air filtration systems to reduce airborne particles, fewer forms of disease will be able to spread.
- Heightened awareness and concern about disease transmission
- A surge of touchless and sensor technology beyond just the entry doors to a building. Rather to extend to touchless entry to elevators, tenant suite doors and even bathrooms. The use of artificial intelligence and voice-activated technology should also see a surge.
Touchless technology already exists for faucets and hand dryers or hand towel dispensers, but has not been implemented for the simple task of opening a bathroom stall door.
4. According to core net global , the average U.S. office dropped from 225 SF per employee in 2010 to 150 SF now. To combat COVID-19many employers to shift to a working-from-home model. This shift could extend beyond the life of the pandemic and change how companies fundamentally think about occupying space. The rise of certain technologies, like videoconferencing platforms, group-chat programs and VPNs have all made it easier to work remotely. As the mass working-from-home experiment continues across the globe, some employers may rethink how they allow their employees to work.
5. Designers are also thinking about how some technologies and materials traditionally used in hospital and healthcare settings could be introduced into other building types. Certain stainless steels, copper and brass have anti-microbial properties, and could see increased use in designs. There could also be a move toward paints and coatings that also resist germs.
There is potential for a rating system for a material’s ability to resist contaminants and microbes.
Credits: Joel Allen – Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health