A climate vulnerability assessment of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) was conducted utilizing the PIEVC protocol which provided valuable insight for Island Health into their healthcare facilities. Prism was engaged in the multidisciplinary team to provide mechanical and electrical engineering reviews for the entire facility as well as manage the facilitation workshop.
The intent of the study was to identify facility specific infrastructure vulnerabilities, determine risk within the context of healthcare facilities and apply forecasted climate factors to calculate the probability of likelihood and severity of these interactions. The key findings outlined the vulnerabilities with the cooling systems, critical air systems and general central air systems.
NRGH was the first health care facility in Canada and the first PIEVC climate change vulnerability risk assessment applied to buildings in BC.