1. Innovations in Transportable Healthcare Architecture

       by Stephen Verderber (Author)

It is the first and only book published, to date, on the subject of rapid response prefabricated, redeployable healthcare architecture for global contexts. The history of and urgent need for evidence-based pre-and post-disaster mitigation health architecture is examined in the context of global climate change and its ramifications, including disease outbreaks and pandemics, armed conflict over scarce resources, mass population displacement and impacts on local communities. Eighty best practice planning and design guidelines are presented for determining project need, site selection and preparation criteria, transiting issues, offsite-onsite prefab modularity, functional requirements, and logistical support. The book concludes with a broad set of case studies for vehicular and stationary rapid response architecture for health.


   1. CHES - Free CSA standards during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) has made a selection of relevant standards available for no-fee view access through the online platform at the following link:  

COVID-19 Response Standards and Handbooks / Normes pour faire face au COVID-19

The following standards are currently included:

  • Z1600-17, Emergency and continuity management program

  • CAN/CSA-Z94.4-18, Selection, use, and care of respirators

  • CSA Z8002:19, Operation and maintenance of health care facilities

  • CSA Z317.2:19, Special requirements for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in health care facilities

  • Z8000-18, Canadian health care facilities

  • CAN/CSA-Z1630-17, Community paramedicine: Framework for program development

  • Z317.10-15, Handling of health care waste materials

  • CAN/CSA-Z317.13-17, Infection control during construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities

  • Z317.14-17, Wayfinding for health care facilities

  • Z1003.1-18, Psychological health and safety in the paramedic service organizations

  • CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 (R18), Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation

  • SPE Z1003 Implementation Handbook, Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

 If you are a manufacturer or emergency service responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and require access to a standard, please contact so that we can arrange for complimentary working access to the document.

To purchase copies of these standards, please visit the CSA Store.

   3. CCA guidelines for COVID 19 protocols for Canadian construction sites

   4. How to reassure your team when news is scary


  1. How green buildings can support prevention and control in public health crises.

  2. US architects’ body assembles group to support healthcare facility adaptation.

  3. COVID-19 response efforts lead to 12-month extension of ProCure22 framework.

  4. Rapid scale-up of ventilators for UK coronavirus patients underway.

  5. AI used to support self-sufficient, climate-smart communities in Sweden.

  6. Drone could be used as screening tool to detect presence of novel coronavirus

   7. HCD Weekly Pulse: Coronavirus News And Latest Updates From Healthcare Design

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