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This is the first edition of CSA Z8003, Health care facility design studies and post-occupancy evaluation.
It is part of the CSA Z8000 series of Standards on health care facility (HCF) planning, design, and construction, which includes
a) CSA Z8000, Canadian health care facilities;
b) CAN/CSA-Z8001, Commissioning of health care facilities; and
c) CSA Z8002, Operation and maintenance of health care facilities.
CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of the governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, and is administered by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard provides requirements and guidance for a consistent approach on how to plan and conduct a study to evaluate different HCF design features while ensuring that the resources required and level of rigour match the undertaking.
Note: The focus of these studies should be aligned with the objectives of the funding agency or study sponsor to address HCF planning or design issues or to learn from elements of the completed projects to inform future projects. The study can include planning, design, and construction (PDC) studies and post-occupancy evaluations (POE).
This Standard applies to HCF projects, including new construction or redevelopments of existing facilities (e.g., additions, renovations), and is intended to be used by HCFs providing services regardless of type, level of care, size, or location.
This Standard is developed for a broad range of users, including, but not limited to, HCFs, funding agencies, governments, professional designers and planners, architects, engineers, infection prevention and control professionals, health care teams and clinical staff, vendors, researchers, and internal and external evaluators.
This Standard supports interdisciplinary design teams (IDT) for an HCF project as defined in CSA Z8000 that includes key members of the HCF as subject matter experts: administrators, health care program and clinical planners, clinical staff, infection prevention and control professionals, facility operations and maintenance staff, patients and their families, and non-clinical support staff. Other key members of the IDT may include non-HCF individuals (e.g., professional designers, vendors, funding agencies).
This Standard is not intended for the evaluation of clinical practice or facility operations except as it influences the planning, design, and construction process (i.e., third-party operational reviews).
In this Standard, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the Standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate it from the explanatory text of informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.