Social sustainability in healthcare facilities: a rating tool for analysing and improving social aspects in environments of care

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Introduction. Nowadays several rating systems exist for the evaluation of the sustainability of buildings, but often their focus is limited to environmental and efficiency aspects. Hospitals are complex constructions in which many variables affect hospital processes. Therefore, a research group has developed a tool for the evaluation of sustainability in healthcare facilities. Methodology. The paper analyses social sustainability issues through a tool which evaluates users’ perception from a the quality and well-being perspective. It presents a hierarchical structure composed of a criteria and indicators system which is organised through a weighing system calculated by using the Analytic Network Process. Results and discussion. The output is the definition of a tool which evaluates how Humanisation, Comfort and Distribution criteria can affect the social sustainability of a building. Conclusion. Starting from its application, it is evident that the instrument enables the improvement of healthcare facilities through several design and organisational suggestions for achieving healing and sustainable architectures.

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Stefano Capolongo

Marco Gola

Michela Di Noia

Maia Nickolova

Dario Nachiero

Andrea Rebecchi

Gaetano Settimo

Gail Vittori

Maddalena Buffoli

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Capolongo, S., Gola, M., Di Noia, M., Nickolova, M., Nachiero, D., Rebecchi, A., Settimo, G., Vittori, G., & Buffoli, M. (2016). Social sustainability in healthcare facilities: a rating tool for analysing and improving social aspects in environments of care. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 52(1), 15-23. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/344
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