An abstract from my recent AAH Academy Journal entry (see attachment for full article)

Health care planners, architects, and providers should consider eliminating hot water from handwashing fixtures for the following reasons:

1. Contrary to some prior suggested guidance, hot water is not required for effective handwashing.  

2. It is arguably an unnecessary expense.

3. It wastes energy.

4. It presents potential risks for patients and health care providers.

5. There are cheaper and safer design options for water systems that are as effective for handwashing.


Single temp hand washing is a big step towards decarbonizing the DHW systems in our healthcare buildings. Would you implement this in your facility today? If not, why?