Wood’s potential in health buildings
Wood has been experiencing a recent renaissance as construction material mainly due to its environmental assets. However, wood has the reputation of being prone to contamination and difficult to clean, which has limited its use in hospitals, healthcare units and other facilities with high demands towards surface hygiene. This is unfortunate as several studies have shown that wood greatly aids the measured and perceived indoor environment quality (IEQ) and can be utilized to reduce energy use for heating and/or ventilation.
Could cleaning be improved by a surface treatment or coating?
Would this maintain good properties of wood?
can be learnt about existing examples of wood in hospitals?