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High Performance Health Care Facilities Design Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 (MENA)

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High Performance Health Care Facilities Design Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 (MENA)

  • 03 Nov 2020 – 04 Nov 2020
  • Online
    Part I: Tuesday, 3 November 2020
    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM EET
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM GST
    Part II: Wednesday, 4 November 2020
    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM EET
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM GST

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Course Description

In the Middle East, healthcare facility owners and managers are incorporating greater sustainable design strategies in facilities than compared to other regions of the world. Not to mention, the need to reduce Hospital Associated Infections is now needed more than ever. Although many aspects of healthcare facility design do not differ across countries, however, a growing focus on sustainability is place in the MENA region based on its extreme climate which is known for limited annual rainfall, hot temperatures, and significant energy needs.

As a result, the ASHRAE Global Training Center developed the course High Performance Health Care Facilities Design Complying with Standard ANSI/ ASHRAE/ ASHE 170-2017 (MENA) to addresses the role of HVAC systems in helping to reduce Hospital Associated Infections (HAI), explaining airborne vs contact transmission. Through filtration, air patterns, air changes, dilution, temperature, humidity, UV, and pressurization the hospital HVAC can either help or hinder efforts to reduce HAI.

Best practices of HVAC design and the complexities of designing renovations in operating hospitals for concerns such as phasing, utility shutdowns, and infection control risk mitigation are introduced. It includes also, description on the why and how of each of the different processes from the perspective of particle physics, including hospital psychrometrics, air changes requirement, level filtration, etc.

Training will also refresh attendant’s knowledge of production and fate of airborne microorganisms and how people can get infected and methods of control such as Legionella and COVID-19. Practical examples on how to consider energy conservation strategies that affect its performance are also introduced. Components of the central utility plant in a hospital, heating and cooling systems including steam and related accessories and controls, TAB commissioning works, are identified along the hardware and controls for setback of temperature and airflow and their relationship to temperature, relative humidity, air exchange, filtration, and pressurization requirements. Tuning of controls (RCx) and building automation system (BAS) dashboards are covered. Further topics include designing and operating air handlers, distribution, life safety, smoke and fire dampers, compartments, and controls. Operational issues and their effect on the design of central utility plants for healthcare facilities are described. Latest available technology in the design, calculation, and practical applications of HVAC and controls are introduced.

Part II of the course will define the ventilation system design requirements as per Standard ANSI/ ASHRAE/ ASHE 170-2017 including the compliance requirements. Systems and equipment include outdoor ventilation, air distribution systems and energy recovery and all ancillary components of ducting, insulation will be described.

General and specific requirements of HVAC design of all hospital rooms including airborne infectious isolation rooms, protective isolation rooms, operating rooms, emergency departments, Intensive Care units, pharmacies, psychiatric and sterile processing departments, and infection control risk assessment are all covered, making this course essential training for anyone designing healthcare facilities.

Practicing the design of particular rooms in the hospital will be carried.

Course Topics:

  • What makes a High-Performing Hospital?
  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Maintenance
  • Energy
  • Adaptability
  • Best Practices
  • High Performance Health Care Facilities (Design Check List)
  • Ventilation of H.C Facilities
  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Definitions
  • Compliance
  • Planning
  • Systems & Equipment
  • Room Design

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key elements of a high-performing hospital and define Role of HVAC systems in high-performing hospitals.
  • Understand the importance of the HVAC system in infection control
  • Refamiliarize the attendant with the detailed Engineering designs that can help or hurt achieving this high performance.
  • Enable the attendant to design high-performing hospital and be in compliant with ASHRAE Std. 170-2017.
  • Know how to convert a hospital into a specialty hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Define the requirement HVAC system parameters such as temperature, air changes, humidity & filtration for specific hospital rooms.
  • Recognize factors related to enhancing the high performance, with regards to Operating rooms, Operating Rooms, Imaging Suites, laboratories, Pharmacies and Airborne Infectious Isolation.
  • Understand the impacts of high-performance design on the improved patient safety, Healthcare facility quality and improved outcome.


$139 ($125 ASHRAE Member)
Includes course materials and Certificate of Attendance

Course Instructor

Samir Traboulsi, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow Life Member ASHRAE