Resilient Buildings: Electrical & Lighting Design Considerations
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
When we all return to our offices this month, we will be faced with some changes to help improve the safety of our workforces. One of the items top of mind is how we will change our design choices to help reduce infection risks in commercial buildings. Tec Inc. is integrating design considerations for healthier buildings into our design approach. We've identified design considerations for the electrical and lighting systems that will include elimination of germs and viruses on surfaces which could cause contamination. Some electrical and lighting considerations we will make our clients aware of are listed below:
Light fixtures and lamps with Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) light Germicidal UV has been deployed successfully and safely to disinfect hospital spaces such as waiting rooms, intensive care units and operating rooms. This technology may now make its way into more commonly occupied buildings including school cafeterias and classrooms, manufacturing, produce stores and commercial offices. In addition, interior lighting schedules can be programmed to turn these lights on, to full brightness, after work hours as a supplemental measure to disinfect surfaces and reduce the spread of germs.
Antimicrobial Devices Antimicrobial light switches, receptacles and faceplates may also be used in residential and commercial construction. Antimicrobial devices are treated at the factory to kill microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. Some of these finishes have been in use in healthcare and laboratory environments for decades. This may be a very simple and less costly modification for owners to consider in existing spaces and new construction.
Touchless Operations Now more than ever, operating devices by touch in buildings should be limited for the safety of occupants. Where possible the use of motion detectors should be used for lighting controls, hand dryers, faucets and toilets. This can reduce the contact exposure and spread of viruses and bacteria.
Contact us for more information about your existing or future resilient building.
Timothy Pool, PE, RCDD
Executive Vice President
Tim Pool is known for his genuine desire to make Tec Inc. a great place to work. He regularly shares his knowledge with staff and walks the walk of an engineer who gives back to our industry and community. Now executive vice president and director of engineering, Tim leads an internal committee dedicated to the future of design, which is one of our differentiators. Tim is not only passionate about engineering, he also understands the importance of developing meaningful relationships — a value we live by at Tec Inc.