Academy of Architecture for Health

This Session is a “Disaster” (January 2021) 

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This Session is a “Disaster

This webinar was sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH.


The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals in practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series of Guidelines.  This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of what new standards are being recommended for the new Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

This effort addressed the need—permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary—to expand patient and resident capacity during pandemics and other manmade disasters and look at facility resiliency to withstand high winds, floods, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. While many excellent solutions have been deployed over the years for resiliency and the past many months for COVID-19, thousands of hours have gone into coalescing lessons learned into a white paper and recommendations for a new Guidelines document that will support the treatment and care of patients, residents, visitors, and staff members during emergency conditions.  A risk assessment process and emergency condition zone maps have been added to the compliance formula of determining when elements of the recommendations need to be applied.


After participating in this webinar attendees will:

1. Describe how the new Guidelines for Emergency Conditions will influence future facility design to provide flexibility during a surge capacity event, whether man-made or weather related.
2. Apply the risk assessment and zone map concept to regions and areas of the United States to determine facility resiliency and surge capacity.
3. Explain the concepts behind and the physical attributes of alternate care sites critical to providing a satisfactory patient experience and outcome.
4. Use the Guidelines for Emergency Conditions in the project design and delivery period to creating facilities that serve their intended purpose during man-made and weather-related events.




This session was part of the Beyond the Basics by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to mid-level professionals with enough exposure to jump-start interest in wanting to learn more.


Douglas S. Erickson, CEO

Facility Guidelines Institute

Heather B. Livingston, Director of Operations/Managing Editor
Facility Guidelines Institute


Gregg D. Ostrow, AIA

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