A classification of healthcare facilities: toward the development of energy performance benchmarks for day surgery centers in Australia

Ahmed, Tarek M. F., Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini and Fuller, Robert 2015, A classification of healthcare facilities: toward the development of energy performance benchmarks for day surgery centers in Australia, HERD, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 139-157, doi: 10.1177/1937586715575910.

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Title A classification of healthcare facilities: toward the development of energy performance benchmarks for day surgery centers in Australia
Author(s) Ahmed, Tarek M. F.ORCID iD for Ahmed, Tarek M. F. orcid.org/0000-0001-8576-2693
Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini
Fuller, Robert
Journal name HERD
Volume number 8
Issue number 4
Start page 139
End page 157
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 1937-5867
Keyword(s) classifications
day surgery
energy assessment
healthcare facilities
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary OBJECTIVE: In the literature, there is no consistent classification of healthcare facilities. In order to benchmark, assess, and compare the environmental performance of these buildings, it is important to clearly identify the typology within the scope of a particular research. This article identifies the different typologies within the healthcare sector, particularly in Australia, with the aim of the development of energy performance benchmarks for day surgery/procedure centers. BACKGROUND: Healthcare buildings encompass a wide range of facilities. They all share the same purpose of healing and offering a health service for patients. However, they vary significantly in terms of patient type and service provided. These buildings consume a considerable amount of energy, and as a result of the different designs and sizes, their pattern of energy consumption varies. METHODS: The research used a systematic review of the literature to determine how the term "healthcare facility" has been employed in different contexts. In order to better understand the differences in healthcare facilities, definitions and the origin of hospitals and healthcare facilities are introduced and a framework for the classification of healthcare facilities and hospitals is proposed. RESULTS: Healthcare facilities are classified into the following six categories: patient type, care provided, management and ownership, level of care, facility size, and location. Based on these classifications, a categorization for the studies of energy performance in healthcare is introduced. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides a basis for assessment and comparison for a particular healthcare building typology that will assist researchers working in the field of design and energy assessment of healthcare facilities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1937586715575910
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
11 Medical And Health Sciences
12 Built Environment And Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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