PSBJ (Public Sector Build Journal) is the industry’s leading monthly title for architects, contractors, LAs and heads of sites at schools, hospitals and leisure centres, looking to make informed decisions when specifying building products.
The heatwave of last month saw many of us flock to the coast and venture further afield in search of sunny spots. For some, August’s soaring temperatures were too much, which saw many within public buildings precariously reaching for the air conditioning remotes. However, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has advised that “the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace is extremely low – as long as there is an adequate supply of fresh air and ventilation – with ‘ventilation’ being the pivotal word. Never before has ventilation been more critical in buildings, and with colder, winter months swiftly approaching, we must incorporate adequate means of ventilation into our buildings to reduce the risk of infection.
This month, we have talked to EnviroVent about just how important proper ventilation is in today’s social housing. Here, Sales Director, John Moss, explores the airborne transmission of COVID-19 and explains how reducing recirculation and bringing in fresh outdoor air can be achieved through systems such as mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR).
Elsewhere in this month’s issue, two contributors have explored the growing importance of inclusive design within our public sector buildings. Firstly, Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, explores the special consideration that must be paid to enable those with disabilities or long-term illnesses to access offices, hospitals, gyms, shops and more. Eryl looks at the confusion and non-compliance surrounding the guidance governing inclusive design and offers his top tips to ensure your door opening solutions comply with these guidelines.
Meanwhile, we have talked to Mark Gowdridge and Paul Reed from GT3 Architects about another category of inclusivity within the public realm. Here, forecasting their views on the future of the leisure sector, the pair explores how we can engage with non-users who are yet to become involved with a gym or leisure centre through inclusive design.