Health care rating system draft finds green thrust

Designer floors, acoustic walls and a view of fine artwork from bed could make up the indoor atmosphere of five-star hotels. But some hospitals adopting green practices are exploring such architectural aesthetics to create an ambience to enhance the healing pace of patients, reports the Times of India.

Addressing a conference on “Green hospitals: new directions in hospital designs,” organized by CII in Chennai on Saturday, architect Sandeep Shikre said such initiatives created a better atmosphere at treatment centers.

Colors like blue were preferred by physicians, and interiors use specific colors, including orange.

Displaying pictures from a popular hospital in the country featuring state-of-the-art innovative designs and lighting, he said, "Our experience shows that there is an energy efficiency of 40 percent, though the incremental cost was just three percent."

Shikre, who addressed the architectural perspective of green hospitals, said such an environment reduced “anxiety factor” in patients entering hospitals. He stressed the need to tap sunlight to limit the use of lights during the day.
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) released the draft pilot version of a health care rating system. A one-of-its-kind rating system in the country, it covers various issues including infection, epidemics and handling of bio-waste in hospitals. It enables designers to apply green concepts and reduce measurable environmental impacts.

While the tangible benefits for hospitals would be in terms of energy savings, ranging up to 30 percent, it helps to conserve water maximum by 50 percent. As per the draft, faster patient recovery, air quality and safety are the intangible benefits.

R. Chandrashekhar, chairman of the IGBC green health care rating system, said copper, with its inherent antimicrobial properties, should be used more in hospitals. Tracing the vast usage of the metal in the Indian subcontinent over centuries, he said copper killed germs almost instantly.

"Copper can be used in touch surfaces at hospitals like door handles. It could also be explored in stethoscope and computer mouse as well. But the metal should not be coated as it would lose its antimicrobial property," he said.

Addressing the gathering, state health secretary J. Radhakrishnan said the ambience in hospitals should make patients relaxed.


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