Report on the Government Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia - Recommendations, the link between water-damaged buildings and poor health
Mould Hazard Prevention for the Construction Industry
Dr Michael Taylor
Principal Consultant, Greencap
Following a referral on 21 June 2018 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Committee inquired into and reported on Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia.
There is sufficient evidence of an association between indoor dampness-related factors and a wide range of respiratory health effects including asthma development, asthma exacerbation, current asthma, respiratory infections, upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheeze and dyspnoea.
Prevention of water ingress and dampness in the building envelope is a key step in the prevention of microbial growth in the indoor environment.
It is particularly important during the construction phase, as residual moisture left in building materials can manifest itself into larger and costly repair and remediation actions later in the building phase. Health effects such as biotoxin related illness and sick building syndrome are potential consequences.
In this session, you will learn about some of the key causes of mould and dampness derived building defects and preventative measures to ensure these issues do not arise.
The Power of Acoustics in Health - Impacts of health for patients and staff
Planet Acoustics Architecture
Noise in hospitals and medical facilities has a significant impact on patient health and on staff wellbeing. From increased blood pressure and heart rates, to errors by clinicians and staff burnout, noise pollution affects the quality of healthcare that can be delivered
There is sufficient evidence of a causal relationship between environmental noise and both sleep
disturbance and cardiovascular disease to warrant health based limits
This presentation will examine how different aspects of sound—noise, speech privacy, speech intelligibility, and music—impact patient and staff outcomes in healthcare settings and the specific environmental design strategies that can be used to improve the acoustical environment of healthcare settings and thereby reduce recovery times.
Healthy Heated Water and Specialised Plumbing Solutions
Peter Cerone - Enware
Enware will be touching on many areas within the Health and Aged care sector specifically the delivery of heathy hot water and the lengths they go to ensure the right product is developed for the right purpose
SLIP RESISTANCE IN AGED CARE - RAMP TESTS, PENDULUM TESTS & BAREFOOT RAMP TESTS - Using the right tests for the right design for Aged Care & Hospitals
Peter Emmerson - Metz Tiles
George will discuss
─Recommendation to consider wear effects on slip resistance
─BCA / NCC “deemed to satisfy” provisions for stairs and ramps
─Use of new Pendulum category system
Architects and Builders will understand which tests should be used for the right design
Dementia - Safe Design - The role the environment in providing safe and high-quality care for patients with cognitive impairment in acute settings
Tara Graham Cochrane
Dementia Training Australia
Tara Graham-Cochrane is the Director of DesignWELL Landscape Architects and the S.A. Environmental Design Consultant for Dementia Training Australia.
Tara is an internationally award-winning Landscape Architect who specialises in the design of healing and therapeutic landscapes. Tara is a strong believer that physical environments can be designed to reduce stress, improve health and to support people's wellbeing.
Tara is also an environmental design consultant for Dementia Training Australia and speaks regularly all across Australia about the important role of the environment in the care of people living with dementia.
She is the author of the award-winning publication “Gardens That Care: Planning Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia” and Tara is highly recommended by many health advisory bodies including Dementia Australia as a leader in her field of expertise.
Specifying wall and ceiling systems to meet designated acoustic and fire regulations
It is crucial that lightweight lining solutions in the healthcare environment – in structures defined by the BCA as Class 9a, covering hospitals, clinics, care homes and pathology functions – offer optimal insulation against fire, noise, water ingress and impact. They must also retain exceptionally high levels of hygiene.
This presentation will discuss these Fire regulations and how to specify correctly , wall and ceiling systems
2019 National Code Construction changes relevant to Timber in Aged care sector
Barry Brunton, WoodSolutions Tech Team Representative
In 2016 a Deemed-to-Satisfy solution was introduced to the NCC permitting construction in fire-protected timber building systems to an effective height of 25m (typically eight-storeys) for Class 2, 3 and 5 buildings.
In the 2019 NCC edition, these concessions has been extended to include all Classes of buildings including aged care facilities. This presentation will discuss developments of the NCC 2019 and how it relates to timber building systems including traditional lightweight timber framing and the newer mass timber options, including cross laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and glue laminated timber (glulam).
Biophilic Design - Health Benefits of Building in Timber in Aged Care Facilities
Barry Brunton, WoodSolutions Tech Team Representative
Research has established benefits including improving levels of interaction for elderly people in aged care homes, managing humidity levels and improving comfort levels in homes and offices, and faster healing times for hospital patients due to reduced stress levels.
Scientists have shown that the physiological and psychological health benefits of nature-connected design are measureable. Researchers have also reported people experiencing higher levels of self-esteem, improved cognitive function and decreased blood pressure when exposed to wood in their built environment.
The benefits are especially important where it is not possible to connect people with the outside environment, for example offices where the view is of concrete buildings and roads.
Timber has also proven to be beneficial in hospitals where health and safety rules prevent introducing indoor plants.
This presentation will discuss these benefits of nature- connected design