Natural ventilation has many proven benefits, including energy savings, improved indoor air quality, and occupant connection to the outdoors. European patient wards are typically conditioned using natural ventilation, but passive cooling strategy is rarely used in the United States. This session identifies relevant design and patient care issues and outlines safe and effective approaches for incorporating natural ventilation into the health care setting. Additionally, the results of a survey to U.S. health leaders will quantify the most critical challenges to natural ventilation.
Identify the key challenges to implementing natural ventilation strategies, as perceived by the health care community.
Quantify the effect of aspects of current local and international code parameters on the feasibility of using natural ventilation in patient rooms and wards.
Describe the effect of window geometry on the potential to achieve minimum required airflow rate for a typical patient room.
Recognize the key geometrical parameters that can allow for natural ventilation of ward corridors.