Corporate Real Estate Management creating added value of building design: Environmental factors for sustainable healthcare facilities

Period: January 2011 till December 2016

Utilization

Healthcare expenses have been increasing for years. In the Netherlands a regulated market system is introduced in the healthcare sector. In addition the introduction of this new system the position of real estate in Dutch Healthcare organizations is in transition. One of these changes is that healthcare facilities become completely responsible for the return on their real estate investments. In addition technological innovations are increasing as well. All these changes are responsible for more competition in the healthcare sector. A few long-term care facilities try to implement concepts around healthy and sustainable environments to cope with this competition. Healthcare facilities become more aware of the consequences of real estate decisions and how building design affect human health and well-being. So, a change of way of thinking is necessary.

Theoretical Framework

In the last decade there was a growing attention for the built environment in relation to health. A growing body of research in evidence-based design (EBD) demonstrates that elements of the physical environment do correlate with health-related outcomes.
The framework of this thesis is The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization. The ICF model is adapted to a framework for health outcomes based on theories in the field of Corporate Real Estate Management. Several studies of Corporate Real Estate Management show how corporate real estate directly and indirectly adds value to the core business of the organizations. This PhD-project focuses on Corporate Real Estate aspects which are aligned with the concepts around healthy and sustainable environments. The purpose of this thesis is to provide evidence for indoor environmental aspects that influence work-perception of care professionals and/or client health outcomes to help CREM create added value.

Target group

The outcomes of the PhD-project will underpin an integrate knowledge for building engineers, installers, consultants, facility managers, and the board of healthcare facilities through generating evidence of sustainable environments for healthcare facilities.

Research question

How can Corporate Real Estate management create added value with indoor environmental aspects to support long-term care facilities with real estate decisions that are aligned with aspired clients health outcomes and/or employees work-perception?

Aim

To provide evidence for indoor environmental aspects that influence work-perception of care professionals and/or client health outcomes to help CREM create added value.

Implementation

The knowledge will be disseminated through publications in relevant scientific journals and Dutch language professional magazines and journals. Knowledge gained from the study will also be used to improve the education in the department of the built environment and strengthen education in the minor program Public Health and Engineering (University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht), which is part of the bachelor program of the Faculty of Healthcare, as well as in the program of the summer course Health and Engineering (University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht).

Collaboration

  • Research Centre for innovations in Health Care, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Unit Building Physics and Services, department of the built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • Several long-term care facilities

Supervisors

  • 1st Supervisor: Prof. Helianthe Kort PhD, Chair holder research group Demand Driven Care, Research Centre for innovations in Health Care at University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Chair Healthy Environments for Future Users, Unit Building physics and services, department of the built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2nd Supervisor: Prof. B. de Vries PhD, Chair of the Design Systems group, Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 3rd Supervisor: H.A.J.A. Appel- Meulenbroek PhD, Assistant Professor of Real Estate Management & Development, Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology

Technology for healthcare innovations

Research Group for Demand-driven care

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