In the last blog it was mentioned that displaying nature images in a healthcare facility can increase the process of recovery. It also improves the moods of people within the space. It is about designing an environment that creates a connection between humans, the built environment, and nature.
Another energy saving measure is to provide dimmable LED Lighting. LED Lighting can closely resemble the same color temperature as natural sunlight and not render the bluish tint that fluorescent lighting does. Color temperatures over 5,000K are called cool colors (bluish white), which are frequently used to enhance concentration in offices, while lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are called warm colors (yellowish white through red) and is often used in public areas to promote relaxation (1, 2). This design approach of providing dimmable LED lighting enhances lighting uniformity throughout a space, requires minimal maintenance, and has a longer lifetime than any other fixture type.
Although most sustainable products like LED lighting are more expensive than fluorescents, fluorescent lighting has a rated life of about 20,000 hours, when LED can easily get you 100,000 hours, therefore saving you money in the long run. It is also a similar situation with flooring. You can spend more money up front for a flooring product that is more sustainable and that has low to no maintenance requirements, or purchase a less expensive product and incur costly repairs and protection over the course of its shorter lifetime.
Now, take a break, and go breathe in some fresh air! Then, call us for a design consultation.
Thanks for reading!
Jessica L. Folmar
Hurst-Rosche Engineers, Inc.
Design Architects, Inc.
1. Rudiger Pashotta (2008). Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology. Wiley-VCH. P. 219. ISBN 978-3-527-40828-3.
2. http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/color12.html Copyright 2009 Bruce MacEvoy.