HVAC, BAS in hospitals, health care facilities
The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study indicated that 54% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for hospitals and health care facilities—and 78% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five HVAC and BAS findings as they relate to hospital/health care facility projects:
- Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $2.9 million annually, on average, in HVAC and BAS products for new and existing hospitals and health care facilities, with 28% specifying more than $5 million. The top revenue-generating systems include fans, air movement products, and air handlers.
- HVAC challenges: More than half of respondents agree that energy efficiency and an inadequate budget for good design are affecting the future of HVAC systems in hospitals and health care facilities.
- BAS challenges: The top challenge when designing BAS for hospitals and health care facilities is interoperability and complementing systems, followed by insufficient budget and cybersecurity/security concerns.
- Specifications: For hospitals and health care facilities, mechanical engineers are most frequently writing performance (76%) or prescriptive (75%) HVAC and controls specifications.
- Technologies: More than two-thirds of respondents are expecting to see increased popularity of energy recovery and dedicated outdoor air systems in future hospital and health care facility projects.
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