Can Physical Environment Make a Difference in a Hospital’s Building Operations?

Can Physical Environment Make a Difference in a Hospital’s  Building Operations?Healthcare facilities and hospitals face many challenges in today’s world. With an increased demand in healthcare, aging building’s and technologies and continually decreasing budgets, facility managers are always on the lookout for ways to lower operational costs while providing an efficient and safe building. To help them make this happen, many managers are utilizing the help of a Building Automation Systems or BAS. A BAS is a centralized interlinked network that controls and manages multiple functions of a building and property. These systems also provide incredible data regarding the efficiency of each system, any potential problems that may arise, data logs, security footage and archives, and more. By using this big-data, many managers have been able to correct energy inefficiencies and decrease operational costs while making the building safer and more comfortable for its occupants.

In case you aren’t already aware, let’s take a quick look at some of the areas that a Building Automation System would oversee. These include lighting, heating, cooling, security, CCTV, HVAC, energy metering, access control, temperature scheduling, ventilation, fire safety, and more. In addition to controlling, managing and recording all data from these systems, a BAS can also pinpoint system irregularities, alert a manager to any potential maintenance incidents, identify avoidable HVAC energy costs and more.

U.S. government studies show the incredible amounts of energy a hospital or healthcare facility uses and how many pay too much in energy costs because of older equipment and outdated technologies. Government studies state that a hospital requires a 150 percent of energy per square meter of floor space than a commercial building does, but unlike most commercial buildings, a hospital runs 24/7.  The largest share of this energy, almost 50 percent, is due to interior temperatures. These studies concluded that most hospitals energy consumption can be reduced between 20 and 40 percent through the installation of a building automation system, significantly lowering operational costs.

While temperature control and scheduling is a major benefit of a BAS, hospitals can also benefit from the system’s ability to control interior pressure and humidity, which is crucial for surgical areas and research laboratories. A BAS can also manage and control medical gas level monitoring, emergency generator fuel tank levels, airflow, and more.

Security is also a major player when it comes to the comfort and safety of a hospital and its occupants. A state-of-the-art access control system is ideal for hospitals that have areas with restricted access. These systems will also keep a detailed log regarding any employee who accesses these floors or areas. CCTV and an array of recording options can enable your security team to see all areas inside and outside at all times. With archiving and individual camera identification on each recording, these videos are legally admissible should your facility ever need to provide one to the authorities.

With so many potential ways to more efficiently manage your facility, consider a BAS from the leaders in building automation, Advanced Control Corp. With our systems, a typical commercial building can save approximately 15% on average in operating costs for its equipment. That is a $.15 savings per square foot on a 100,000 square foot building! In addition, proper management of all of the areas mentioned above means fewer complaints and happier occupants. Fewer complaints also equal more productivity for your maintenance crew, as they will have more time to concentrate on other tasks.

Contact Advanced Control today at 954-491-6660 to learn more about how a customized BAS for your healthcare facility can help streamline operations and lower operating costs.

We have successfully worked with countless healthcare facilities since 1987 and look forward to tailoring a system to your building’s needs.