Over the last decade, sustainability has gone from an expensive overlay to the core of the design of most new buildings: We know the benefits of healthy environments on occupants and the savings we achieve through high performing buildings.
The recent pandemic has raised public awareness to airborne contaminants and as a result we are discussing solutions for high occupancy venues such as arenas, stadia, convention centers, and entertainment parks.
Our understanding of the novel coronavirus continues to grow and design solutions will evolve. There are, however, some initial strategies that should be considered in the design of new healthcare facilities. Immediate steps should be taken to create a safer environment and a successful return will rely on addressing individual and group behaviors as well as healthcare culture.