Active Projects

The Innovative Design of Well-Performing Built Healing Environments

Project Facts

Start date: January 2009
End date: April 2009
Investigators Prof. Andrew Price (10%)
Staff Employed Emeka Efe Osaji, Dr Nebil Achour; Dr Jun Lu.
Status Completed

Project Partners

• Journal of Building Performance Simulation (JBPS)
• Centre of Excellence in Customised Assembly (CECA)
• Advanced VR Research Centre (AVRRC)
• Martin James (MJ) Medical
• Regenstrief Centre for Healthcare Engineering, Purdue University, U.S.
• Envision Centre for Data Perceptualization
• Purdue University, U.S
• Division of Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University, U.S.

Project Partners

HaCIRIC
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3TU
T: +44 (0) 15 0922 2627
E: a.d.f.price@lboro.ac.uk

Built healthcare environments exert a range of aesthetic, ventilation, and lighting related impacts on their occupants (patients, staff and visitors). Healthcare facilities that have been appropriately designed with specific reference to the needs of patients, staff, visitors and regulatory requirements have delivered positive outcomes. However, there is a high degree of complexity involved with many conflicting environmental parameters that need to be considered and reconciled.

This was a HACIRIC Cornerstone Project and the research explored the effects of the built environment on health outcomes and wellbeing which found considerable evidence linking healthcare environments to patients‟ health outcomes. Although the causes of the correlations were unclear, the project provided a good foundation for projects on the impact of therapeutic design of healthcare environments; and the design of flexible healthcare space in relation to patient care, clinical recovery, privacy and operational efficiency. These projects went on to use modelling and simulation to collect and utilise evidence relating to the impact of aesthetics, ventilation, acoustics, energy, lighting and thermal comfort.

The aim of the project was to: provide a theoretical underpinning to the HaCIRIC Theme 3 projects; identify impacts of healthcare building environmental design on performance, patient wellbeing, and clinical outcomes; and develop new knowledge and theory to add value to the healthcare delivery process by minimising environmental impacts, optimising performance and creating patient focused well-performing built healing environments.