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Building on phase one, ‘Buildings that keep us healthy and safe’, the second phase explored how we can create healthier, more sustainable and infection resilient environments in the long term. To do this, the project took a systems-based approach to identify the transformational changes required. The report outlines eight recommendations to embed infection resilience in the commissioning, design, management, and operational stages of the building and transport lifecycle.
The project undertook a series of workshops, literature reviews and externally commissioned research to build the case for the changes required to embed infection resilience. The project commissioned the following research to understand the wider elements to developing infection resilience.
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Research capability review
A review was commissioned to assess the research landscape of infection resilient environments. The objectives of the commission were to understand the key academic stakeholders in the UK, define the volume of research in the field, the impact it has had, and how this compares internationally, including research trends over time. The review was undertaken by Elsevier’s Analytical Services.
International good practice
A review was commissioned to examine international examples of interventions in the built environment and transport systems to reduce transmission of infection. The objectives of the commission were to identify international good practice and to outline emerging challenges and opportunities. The commission was undertaken by Arup with support from the International WELL Building Institute.
Social cost benefit analysis
A social cost benefit analysis (SCBA) was commissioned to take into account the full spectrum of costs and benefits from improving infection resilience in our buildings, and the wider costs of inaction. The commission was undertaken by NERA Economic Consulting.
Infection resilient environments in the News
Improvements to the design and operation of buildings - aimed at minimising the transmission of infectious diseases - could save the UK as much as £23bn a year in the event of another pandemic, according to a report published by the National Engineering Policy Centre.
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