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Infection resilient environments: buildings that keep us healthy and safe - Initial report

Infection resilient environments: buildings that keep us healthy and safe - Initial report

Guthrie, Peter, Blennerhasset, Edith, Curran, Andrew, Davies, Hywel, Denton, Steve, Fitzgerald, Shaun, Mills, Frank, Noakes, Catherine, Rutter, Harry, Short, Alan, Venables, Jean, Chalk, Chris, MacDonald, Mott, Ciric, Lena, Fenton, Paul, Freeman, Alexandra, Mokhber, Ali, Read, Daniel, García-Triñanes, Pablo ORCID: 0000-0002-4993-2250 and Ucci, Marcella (2021) Infection resilient environments: buildings that keep us healthy and safe - Initial report. Technical Report. Royal Academy of Engineering - CIBSE, London.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering and its partners in the National Engineering Policy Centre have been asked by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to undertake a rapid review of actions to make infrastructure more resilient to infection. This short-turnaround response provides an initial overview of the strategic challenges we as a society face, along with advice on immediate measures that can make a significant difference ahead of winter 2021/2. We have found that the COVID-19 crisis has revealed flaws in the way in which we design, manage and operate buildings that, if left unchecked, will disrupt management of this and other pandemics, impose high financial and health costs on society, and constrain our ability to address other challenges such as climate change. By delivering infection resilient environments we mean to ensure that public and commercial buildings (places of work and leisure, specialist settings such as hospitals and care homes, and potentially transport hubs and carriages) minimise the risk of disease transmission, to support public health during and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information: This report has been part of the participation in the reference group of the Royal Academy of Engineering 'Infection Resilient Environments' elaborated by the National Engineering Policy Centre.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Resilient environments; Health and Safety
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2022 07:36

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