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Water quality: Useful tips to prevent Legionnaires’ disease

As we continue with Water Quality Month, we wanted to review the dangers of Legionnaires’ disease and provide valuable tips on awareness and prevention.

Legionella is a bacteria found in water sources across the country. This bacteria goes wherever water is present from lakes, spas, pools, and even air conditioning systems.

When you breathe water droplets that contain this harmful bacteria, you can become sick and develop legionnaires disease. In most cases, this disease is a result of poor water quality. Here are some ways to spot it and the steps required to ensure safety.

Legionnaires’ disease 101

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that can kill between 5-15% of infected people. You can catch this disease by inhaling infected water droplets; symptoms usually develop 2-10 days after exposure. 

The legionella bacteria attacks the lungs and can be particularly dangerous for people with breathing problems and weakened immune systems. The bacteria thrive in warm water, such as pools, spas, and public baths. The bacteria thrive when moisture is between 20°C to 45°C.

Self-check water quality

If you go to a public pool or spa, you can check the water quality with pool test strips. You can easily find these in many local shops. 

The strips check the water’s chlorine and bromine levels and give you a rough read on the pH. By studying these parameters, you’ll know how clean the water is. Ideally, you’ll want the following numbers:

  • A pH between 7.0-7.6  
  • Chlorine levels at 1-3 mg/L i

The likelihood of legionella is greater when pool operators fail to meet hygiene rine standards.  

Visual inspections

Visual inspections go a long way. If you swim at a local pool, ensure you can see the drain at the bottom of the deep end. Also, check the pool’s sides and edges – these should not feel slimy.

Cloudy and murky water is a tell-tale sign that pool operators aren’t engaging in proper cleaning. 

Even if the water is clear, never swallow the water of any public pool or spa. Also, it’s recommended you take a shower as soon as you exit the pool. Good hygiene can help prevent the spread and infection of diseases, including Legionnaires’. 

Higher-risk individuals

You’re more likely to develop the disease if you:

  • Are over the age of 45
  • Smoke regularly or drink heavily
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Suffer from chronic lung disease
  • Have diabetes or kidney problems

Not everyone exposed to the bacteria develops symptoms, but these factors can put you at greater risk for Legionnaires’. 

Early signs of Legionnaires’ 

As mentioned, this bacteria attacks the lungs. If you swim or go to public baths regularly, consult with a doctor should you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in your chest
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • A fever that won’t go away

Any of these can be signs of Legionnaires’, and early detection will be vital in avoiding any dangerous complications, like severe pneumonia.

High-risk areas of contamination

Know where you may be most at risk. The following locations have a higher probability of being areas of higher contamination:

  • Heated indoor pools
  • Hot tubs and whirlpool baths
  • Swimming pools equipped with water jets
  • Steam rooms
  • Turkish baths and saunas

Water droplets are legionella’s best friend when it comes to spreading. Be careful where you breathe.

 

Choosing the right subcontractor

Across every industry, getting the foundations right is core to successful results. When it comes to the construction and MEP sectors, there’s nothing more important than delivering your service and keeping clients happy.

Lately, as the economy has shifted and companies seek out ways to cut costs, more companies are scaling and reorganising their brand to be more cost-efficient.

One of the ways any trade business can scale back is through the use of subcontractors. Though subcontractors can be a great way to finish projects and grow your brand, it’s important you know how to engage in this process efficiently to obtain the same results.

Pre-screen subcontractors carefully

When you hire subcontractors in your business, you must decide on the best options possible. Vetting a new team of subcontractors will be vital. You don’t want to be left with an under qualified or unwilling workforce that can cost you more money and potentially damage your reputation in the long run.

Recommendations for selecting subcontractors include:

  • Follow up with previous clients and check their references
  • Compare multiple subcontractors before making a final decision
  • Look beyond costs to ensure that the subcontractors you select are keen, trained, available, highly qualified, and insured
  • Ensure that payments and fees are carefully discussed prior to signing a contract
  • Ensure the subcontractor or subcontractors have the same work ethic as you and your company

When you make a strong selection, you guarantee an easier job for yourself and a better business all around. Take your time to shop around for quality work.

Setting standards

Subcontractors represent you, your business, and your brand. As such, you must set the standards and expectations ahead of the project. When you write up a contract, you’ll have the opportunity to precisely detail what you expect from them.

A well-written contract will define the quality of work you require, and the process you expect. Some critical information you should establish with your subcontractors include:

  • General Responsibilities
  • Detailed deliverables including any deadlines
  • Scope of their services
  • Work restrictions and work hierarchies
  • Standards of quality
  • Any special requests from the client

Your values are important, and ensuring your subcontractor can match these will be critical for a successful project. Transparency and good communication go a long way.

Efficient project management

Your client has expectations, and your brand is on the line when you hire a third party to work for you. Often, you’ll have to restructure your company so that the line of reporting and escalation is more clear.

Subcontractors are hired to fulfil specific tasks and duties. As such, you’ll have to ensure constant communication to keep track of a project and follow its progress.

Some tips for project management when using subcontractors include:

  • Establish a direct line of communication
  • Set procedures for procuring materials
  • Explain safety concerns
  • Maintain progress reports
  • Set schedules and deadlines
  • Ask questions regularly
  • Team building exercises

Any time you work with a third party, you’ll want to push for a positive relationship between you, your company, the subcontractors, and the client.

Subcontractors should always place their focus on you. Planning accordingly will help you avoid any problems or disputes down the road.

By having a clear and well-written contract, you can address expectations from both ends and ensure you and the subcontractor are satisfied with the agreed upon terms.

 

 

Water filters explained

Many of us enjoy the comfort of a water filter at home, but how do these systems work?

Water filters range from simple cartridges that make our water taste better, to industrial systems that can remove major contaminants from unsafe and toxic water supplies.

For most of us in the UK, our drinking water is sourced from local supplies that pre-treat the water to ensure safe consumption. In fact, UK tap water is some of the cleanest in the world.

Due to the trace chemicals in tap water, many of us may find unpleasant odours and tastes. In other cases, tap water can cause limescale build-ups that may impact certain applications. Whatever the case may be, water filters remove unwanted contaminants, big and small.

As we continue discussing topics to celebrate Water Quality Month, learn more about how different domestic water filters work.

The main types of home water filters

The three most common home filter systems are:

  1. Absorption filters
  2. Mechanical filters
  3. Reverse Osmosis

Each of these filter methods is used to address specific needs, but all three are designed with the same goal in mind – to remove impurities from water. 

Absorption filters

Absorption filters rely on capturing any water-borne contaminants via granular activated carbon (GAC).

Water passes through a fine layer of compact carbon which then absorbs any unwanted impurities, odours, and chemicals. If you’ve ever used a domestic filter such as a jug with replaceable cartridges, these usually rely on carbon absorption to give your drinking water a clean, fresh taste.

Mechanical filters

In a mechanical filtration system, the idea is to physically separate dirt, particles, and sediment from the water.

Generally, mechanical filters will feature some type of mesh or complex pore structure that acts as a net between the water and any particles present. When water is passed through a mechanical filter, unwanted substances are left behind, leaving you with sediment-free and great-tasting water.

Like carbon absorption filters, mechanical filters require replacement to work at full capacity.

And while mechanical filtration is excellent for standard home applications, if you’re looking for something that virtually removes all impurities, you’ll have to look into reverse osmosis.

Reverse-osmosis

Regarded as the most effective and complex water filtration system for home applications, reverse osmosis relies on a multi-step filtration process that pumps water through a high-pressure combination of semi-permeable membranes and carbon-based cartridges before delivering the purest drinking water around.

While mechanical or absorption filters are great at removing basic impurities, reverse osmosis is capable of going much further and removing dissolved inorganic solids, lead, arsenic, fluoride, heavy metals, and even parasitic cysts.

In situations where 99.99% pure water is required, reverse osmosis will be your best option. These complex systems ensure that water contains virtually no byproducts or adulterants.

Water filtration at home: The bottom line

Although the UK has some of the cleanest and safest domestic water supplies in the world, you’re still likely to find chlorine, calcium, and magnesium carbonate in your tap water.

While UK companies regularly test water supplies to ensure safe consumption, water filters can provide us with better taste and help to keep appliances free of limescale buildup.

 

Monitoring and maintaining swimming pool water quality

As we dive into Water Quality Month, what better topic to discuss than swimming pools?

Summer is starting to wind down, and many of us will be using these next few weeks to enjoy the comfort of our private swimming pools and spas.

Water Quality Month is here to remind us all that any pool or spa, big or small, should always be kept clean and regularly tested. Proper maintenance standards will ensure your pool remains clean, safe, and free of any potential maintenance hazards.

Water quality management is key

Swimming pool water management is often regarded as an art and science of its very own.

Achieving the perfect level of cleanliness while simultaneously balancing the right backwash and water replacement techniques has a steep learning curve, but will pay off in the end.

A consistent testing regime will provide any pool owner with the necessary data to make effective adjustments and ensure water quality meets the highest standards.

Test, test, test!

As any pool owner knows, active pool hygiene management helps prevent dirty buildups and kills hazardous bacteria. But regular testing can also help you optimise your pool cleaning techniques to ensure you’re engaging in the most cost-effective and safe pool management.

Regular monitoring can help address maintenance problems that may lead to bigger issues such as filter damage, failing systems, and chemical overdosing.

Some of the problems and concerns that a good water testing regime can address and improve include:

If your disinfection levels are up to scratch

Adequate dosing and balance of chemicals are critical for controlling bacterial growth and maintaining excellent water quality.

Whether or not backwashing and water replacement are being done correctly

The cost of water is on the rise, and you’ll want to know if you’re spacing out your water replacement at decent intervals. Efficient backwashing must be calibrated to keep your filtration system running properly.

If chemical dosing is well balanced

Improper chemical treatment can damage your pool equipment and be harmful to swimmers. Regular monitoring will ensure your pool and your guests remain safe.

Water treatment plant monitoring

Regular water testing will help assess the status of your water treatment plant and help catch any possible issues early on. Some plants may be under strain, and you’ll want to address any potential repairs before it’s too late.

Filter bed condition

You’ll want to monitor your pool’s filter bed and make the necessary replacements as often as necessary.

As we’ve previously discussed, pools can be a great luxury, but with great luxury also comes great responsibility. The consequences of poor pool maintenance can be dangerous and can lead to water-borne illnesses like E. coli and  Legionnaires’ disease.

Water quality and pool safety go hand-in-hand

The correct use of chemicals, a well-fitted filtration system, adequate circulation, and regular monitoring of pH levels are the best-combined methods for maintaining a safe and healthy swimming environment.

By engaging in these practices, we can guarantee our pools and spas will remain safe and enjoyable for all.

If you’re a pool or spa owner, you can always reference the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) code of practice to address any issues or concerns regarding water quality treatment methods.

August is water quality month!

Every August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month!

As we come off the tail end of the global pandemic, cleanliness and hygiene have never felt more important. In the UK, we often take for granted that our homes have access to one of the safest supplies of clean running water in the world.

However, when the first domestic water supply was developed in 17th century London, clean drinking water was a commodity reserved for only the wealthy elite. The need for clean water supplies was born out of centuries of disease. Widespread access to safe water supplies didn’t happen by accident.

We’ve come a long way in combining engineering and creative design to establish the modern water systems we enjoy today.

A brief history of clean water systems

Centuries ago, acquiring potable water was a long and arduous process. Most people had to travel to wells, collect rainwater, or visit faraway conduits to bring back water to their homes.

In 1613, the first major water engineering feat was completed in the opening of the New River, whose function was to bring clean and potable water to London. Unfortunately, in those early days, domestic water was reserved for the city’s elite who implemented a rudimentary system of wooden pipes to get water delivered to their homes.

As more people began to recognise the safety and convenience of domestic water, companies capitalised on the growing demand and brought drinking water to homes across the social strata. By the mid-18th century, most houses in London were connected to the New River.

Finally, the industrial revolution of the 19th century brought about major engineering innovations, including those to improve water distribution. The development of low-pressure steam pumps and basic filtration meant that water could be moved at greater distances, making clean access easier and safer than ever. Iron pipes replaced the wooden ones of the past, and by the early 20th century, water became a nationalised utility across the UK.

Though it took centuries for water to become a basic commodity, ongoing technical innovations laid the foundations for what we mostly take for granted today – a safe cup of water from the tap.

Clean water and clean air – two fundamental needs

Although concerns about water safety might be a thing of the past, a new problem that seems to be gaining traction is access to clean air.

Air quality has declined due to industrial emissions, energy production, and greenhouse gasses. When it comes to poor indoor air quality, the main culprits are a combination of biological and industrial pollutants that proliferate in our homes and workspaces.

Just as we now assume water in our homes to be clean and safe, we should hold those same standards for the air we breathe.

Fortunately, advances in technology are helping us maintain healthy air quality with the assistance of air purifiers that reduce pollutants like dust, mildew, and mould. Rejuvenair provides filtration systems that help eliminate 99.9% of airborne pathogens.

As we celebrate Water Quality Month, we hope that the same standards we’ve applied to water will one day be applied to the air we breathe.

 

 

The future is robotic

Across every industry, advancements in automation and robotics have led to significant changes in the workforce. A report by the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, upwards of 85 million jobs will be displaced by robotic technology.

Regarding MEP and construction, the trends are pointing to robots as the new frontier. Imagine walking on a job site to find a team of robots laying bricks, assembling scaffolding, or aiding in demolition. While the idea may sound straight out of a sci-fi film, robotic applications in construction are gaining traction.

While there’s debate over whether robots could someday take over construction, a more realistic scenario is one where robots and people will work side by side. Current robotic applications across construction seek to offer safety and increased productivity rather than worker replacement.

How are robots changing construction?

The construction industry has been slow to adapt to newer technologies. This slow modernisation has led to challenges such as a declining workforce, unsafe conditions, and inefficiency.

In addressing these problems, robotics could play a major role in changing construction by::

  1. Increasing worker safety
  2. Improving productivity
  3. Reducing labor shortages

How quickly contractors and builders will adopt robotic technologies will depend on how accessible these systems become.

Bricklaying

Bricklaying is a strenuous physical activity. Masons spend hours bent over, applying mortar, and placing bricks one-by-one.

Robotic bricklaying systems seek to improve productivity and reduce human injury.

The Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) is designed to be operated by a single worker, who oversees the robot’s bricklaying functions. This robot makes the bricklaying process up to five times faster and reduces the potential for human injury.

The Hadrian X robot can place up to 1,000 bricks in an hour using a fully automated system that implements cameras, laser tracking, and computers to quickly and accurately perform its bricklaying duties.

Rebar

In a similar fashion, the TyBot robot is designed to tie steel rebar autonomously.

This robot eradicates the physically-demanding work of bending over and tying hundreds of rebar intersections which often leads to strain and injury.

According to usage statistics, the TyBot can perform the work of six to eight workers on its own.

Job site Monitoring

Doxel’s robotic rovers and drones use artificial intelligence to monitor job sites in real time.

These robots are equipped with cameras and LiDAR that scan construction sites and compare the results against 3D drawings, BIM models, and other user inputs.

Deep learning allows the robot’s data to identify construction errors, detect deviations, and monitor worker safety, among other applications. Through tracking and maintaining data around the clock, these robots are helping job sites become more efficient.

Bottom line for robots in construction

Though some speculate that robots will one day take over the industry, construction is still too reliant on the human element to become fully automated.

Instead, engineers are looking to use robotics to assist builders across the industry and make their work more efficient. Skilled trades aren’t going anywhere. If you work in the construction sector, expect some unlikely automated friends in the near future.

 

How to keep team spirits up during times of uncertainty

How to keep team spirits up during times of uncertainty

With the pandemic finally easing up after more than two years, hope on the horizon looked closer than ever before.

Unfortunately, it seems we may be still in the eye of the storm. The ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe has affected the global economy across every industry, including the MEP sector

Now, with an economic recession around the corner, teams and businesses are reeling in the effects.

Team health is important so that a business can weather a crisis and overcome uncertainties. Here are a few ways to help keep your team spirits up and boost morale during unstable times. 

Transparency is key

As an efficient leader, you should encourage increased transparency and communication during any crisis.

Ensuring your team is always up-to-date on your company’s health will allow everyone to feel more at ease, even if this means disclosing poor results. Though your company may be facing difficulties like meeting payroll or submitting invoices, it’s important to adopt more transparent practices so that your team knows what’s going on. 

Transparency goes a long way. Not only will it increase your credibility as a leader, but open communication amongst employees will help your company work more efficiently. This can translate into better team-building and encourage others to find solutions in times of adversity.

Remind your team that despite any setbacks, things will be ok. 

Celebrate small wins

Instability can quickly translate into low morale across a company. As a leader, you can boost your team’s spirits by celebrating small achievements.

By showing increased gratitude towards your team, you can foster better optimism, enthusiasm, and motivation.

This may also mean taking some time away from the office or job site to decompress together. We all need a break sometimes. 

Stepping away to celebrate small wins is healthy and can encourage your team to meet future achievements and long-term goals – especially when faced with the shortcomings of a global crisis.

Empathy and team communication 

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to focus on what your team members need the most and remind them that you’re available to listen to their needs. Empathy means asking more questions and showing your team you care.

Depending on your work arrangements, you could schedule one-on-one meetings to build more trust and find out about what your team may be lacking. Increased communication is just one tool that can help show that you empathise with your employees.

Be available for your team when they need it the most.

Empower your team

During any difficult time, you should empower your team and get them more involved. Encouraging teams to engage in proactive work projects can lead to more positive mindsets and boost morale across a business.

Oftentimes, this empowerment can be as simple as giving people more responsibilities that allow them to contribute to the greater goals of your company. 

However you choose to do it, encouraging proactive habits can benefit everyone and increase team health. 

Teams should embrace these ongoing changes together, motivate each other, and adapt accordingly.

 

How do businesses prepare for a potential recession?

With ongoing financial instability, including high gas prices, the war in Ukraine, and supply chain shortages, the Bank of England recently warned the UK may be on the brink of an economic recession.

Though recessions are difficult to predict, small-business owners across many sectors should be prepared to weather these moments of financial instability.What is a recession?

If you run a small business, ”recession” is probably the last term you want to hear. But what exactly is it?

While there are many official definitions, a recession is generally seen as a major economic decline in a country’s: GDP, employment rates, industrial production numbers, and wholesale-retail sales.

When this major decline lasts for more than a few months, a recession may be declared.

Should this happen, it’s important to remain calm because recessions don’t last forever. Recessions are an unavoidable part of any country’s business cycle. And though predicting a recession is often challenging, being prepared can help make these tough transitions easier.

A cash reserve is key

Having a solid cash reserve can help any business weather a significant financial disruption.

The question people always ask is: how much should I stash away for an emergency? This answer largely depends on the operating costs of the particular business.

Generally, a good goal is to keep at least six months of operating costs at your disposal.

Building an emergency fund will allow you more flexibility if things take a turn for the worst. This extra cash can help pay your employees, rent, debts, and bills as you pull through the situation.

Establish creditworthiness

Should the recession last longer than what you prepare for, establishing creditworthiness is wise.

Loans and credits can help small businesses survive tough economic times. And while loans should never be the first line of defence, they’re a great backup plan if the situation gets rocky.

Maintaining a positive relationship with your banks and creditors will allow you to borrow money in the future.

Reexamine operating costs

Another way to prepare for a recession is to review your business’s operating costs.

Many times, you can cut out excess spending by making simple changes such as:

  • Finding cheaper vendors, ensuring not to compromise on quality
  • Renegotiating your lease
  • Implementing new technologies
  • Switching insurance
  • Automating costly tasks
  • Adopting remote work
  • Outsourcing

The MEP sector is rapidly changing. Modernisation often means more efficiency. If you feel like your business may be out of date, you might benefit financially from adopting new technologies and business practices.

Marketing your business during a recession

During a recession, it may be tempting to cut out spending on advertising. Surprisingly though, recessions are when you may benefit from marketing the most!

Marketing your business is always essential, even during bad times. Despite a recession, it’s important to remind customers you’re still there to provide your goods and services.

Hope on the horizon

With any luck, the ongoing talk of an impending recession will prove to be overblown. Nonetheless, it’s smart to prepare for the worst. Your business is your lifeline, and taking the time to prepare for a recession will help provide you with more stability and peace of mind.

The MEP sector made a major recovery from the global recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve already survived the worst, and we can surely survive what’s yet to come!

 

 

Stop! Birds.

If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met.

Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

In the UK, certain wildlife is legally protected. Because wildlife laws make it illegal to capture, disturb, or otherwise harm certain animals, engineers and building professionals must proceed with caution if they’re going to work in or around a natural habitat.

Taking the right precautions will ensure protected species are safe and your building project goes smoothly.

Safe habitats = secure job sites

The protection of natural habitats is taken seriously by Natural England.

It’s your responsibility to survey the land where you plan to build and ensure your project will not interrupt any protected areas or habitats.

Contacting your local planning authority will be the best course of action before you proceed with any building project. Ecologists and other wildlife authorities can advise you on any potential hazards or legally protected areas.

Unfortunately though, despite a site complying with regulations, wildlife can always find its way into the most curious of places.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, some protected species include:

  • Bats
  • Wild birds
  • Badgers
  • Newts
  • Common dormice
  • Otters

Any of the following violations can be grounds for sanctions:

  • Injure, capture, disturb, or kill any protected species
  • Destroy or damage a breeding area
  • Obstruct access to an animal resting place
  • Remove or transport animals from their natural habitat

Offences against protected wildlife face heavy fines of up to £5,000 and can even land you a six-month prison stay!

Uninvited guests during construction

Sometimes, even if precautions are taken, animals may still end up on your project. Just recently, a project we were working on at Export & Midas House, was put on hold as peregrine falcons were nesting. As the Falcons are a protected species work wasn’t allowed to continue until the babies had hatched and fled the nest.

Small crevices or nooks can resemble nesting areas. Some of the most attractive features are attics, chimneys, and beneath roof tiles.

Machinery, scaffolding, and other construction elements can also attract critters. If a protected species decides to lay eggs on your job site, the consequences can be costly.

When building sites come to a halt, this affects everyone, and you could face serious financial losses.

Preventing building delays due to wildlife

We recommend you take the necessary precautions if you plan to build in natural areas.

The easiest solution is to obtain a full environmental report of the area. A qualified ecologist will survey the area and check for any potential hazards. These days, you might even opt for a drone survey.

Assessing the impacts of your development will ensure no species goes harmed.

Green construction practices keep ecosystems safe

DJHC is committed to environmental and sustainable practices across the industry. When it comes to keeping our species and ecosystems safe, we want to encourage responsible practices.

If you think your next project could prove invasive to protected wildlife, we recommend you take the right course of action to ensure prevent any harm. Building responsibly and obtaining the right permits will ensure your project gets done without any halts or delays.

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If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met. Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

DJHC celebrates Good Care Month!

At DJHC, we pride ourselves on the work we do and the people we serve. As MEP professionals, it’s not just about finishing a job. The impact we make on our customers is important, and meeting their needs is our priority.

Every July, we celebrate Good Care Month. Good Care Month celebrates the care workers and facilities who dedicate their services to improving the lives of those in need.

As with any specialised building, care homes are designed with specific needs in mind. For people living and working in care homes, comfort is particularly important. 

In the past few years, DJHC has had the privilege of working on projects related to the care sector, and we know first-hand how important MEP design is to these facilities.

MEP design and care facilities 

At DJHC, we understand that engineering is what makes a building come to life.

MEP design is fundamental to providing and maintaining base comfort levels inside a structure. From heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting – buildings are only as comfortable as the way they’re designed. Without well-planned MEP elements, a building might as well just be a shell.

In celebrating Good Care Month and thinking about designing for comfort, we can reflect on some previous projects DJHC has completed for the care sector.

Haven House 

We recently worked on the Haven House project. Haven House is a residential facility that provides end-of-life care for children and young people living with chronic conditions.

As with many older structures, overheating and deficient ventilation were major problems for staff and residents at Haven House. During the summer months, common areas and bedrooms would often reach extreme temperatures that made living there uncomfortable.

Knowing that overheating was causing discomfort to staff and residents, we developed a custom-made, energy-efficient cooling system that provided adequate air conditioning throughout the building at low noise levels. 

In the end, this project was tailor-made to meet the needs of Haven House. 

Viera Gray House

In another project, we refurbished the ventilation and kitchen systems of the Viera Gray House, a care home specialising in residents who suffer from dementia.

Our initial brief mentioned that kitchen temperatures reached “uncomfortably hot” temperatures for staff because the room lacked a functional ventilation system.

DJHC was tasked with a full refurbishment of the kitchen to comply with today’s standards and provide adequate comfort levels for care workers.

In the end, we were successful in creating a suitable working environment by implementing the right MEP elements.

Spreading awareness about care workers

Care workers devote themselves to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Care home residents deserve to live in safe and comfortable environments.

At DJHC, we want to spread awareness about Good Care Month. July is an opportunity to remind everyone that care workers are important to our communities. They deserve our appreciation not just this month, but every day of the year.

Good MEP design isn’t just installing an air conditioner and going home at the end of the day. Every building has its own needs that need to be carefully considered when upgrading or refurbishing MEP elements.