In response to the pandemic, HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Group have explored the implications for our clients in today’s market conditions. We have collated a series of informative pieces to guide you through the current pandemic. “The Pandemic Paradigm” series combines the following four articles, each discussing the impacts that COVID-19 is having on the Built Environment and how we can move forward, post COVID;
First Response: What can we do now? – Adrian Gray
The first article in our series discusses effective heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and how they play a major part in maintaining a healthy building environment. With the unique way the Covid-19 virus is spread, HVAC systems play an integral role in keeping occupants safe in the built environment. This is something which is particularly important as people begin to return to the office and other commercial environments.
Green Shoots: Positive Sustainability Outcomes Post-COVID – Paul Scriven
The second article in our series discusses building sustainability and how this approach covers the building holistically. This includes supply chains, impact on the environment and most of all its occupants. The real challenge in delivering healthy and safe workplaces is to ensure our built environments are delivered as required and intended. Additionally, we must also consider long-term health and maintenance of the building. Building owners and developers must think seriously about how they manage their properties if they are to positively adapt to the COVID-19 problem. As well as to offer and maintain healthier and safer environments post COVID.
Be Smart to Stay Safe: Harnessing technology for safer and more efficient buildings – Billy Marigold
The third article looks at using a Digital Twin when trialling new technologies in the built environment. The digital twin ecosystem is growing quickly with more suppliers announcing more deployments in more cities around the world. Businesses and Governments alike are making greater use of emerging technologies. These technologies are used to enhance planning and service quality. These will ultimately pave the road to more efficient operations. The search for these operational efficiencies has only heightened since the COVID-19 pandemic, now that people have become more reliant on digital technology for work, learning, social interaction, entertainment and everything in between.
Human Sense: Common sense is not so common but human sense is about looking after each other. So, let’s work together for a better future – Gustavo Brunelli
The fourth article in our series explores wellness in the workplace. As we forge new work practices post-COVID, working from home is going to be more common. Some may argue that people will prefer to stay at home rather than commute to the office. This means it is imperative to ensure the workplace is not only safe, but attractive to the staff and be a space that can greatly improve productivity.
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