Appropriate Technology Asia

Primary-Health Centres

ATA seeks to improve access to primary healthcare facilities by introducing new and alternative techniques for building and infrastructure management that are appropriate to local conditions.

Our designs aim to provide a warm and comfortable environment for patients, with a strong focus on reducing the costs to the local government associated with heating and maintaining buildings. Consequently our designs incorporate a large direct gain solar collector to provide heat during the day to the consulting room, while the in-patient and resident health advisors accommodation are heated by means of Trombe walls which are designed to provide indirect gain heating to the room during the night.

Thermal mass is provided by means of massive rammed earth walls to the rear of the building, and further thermal retention is ensured by eliminating windows from the north-facing extent. This has the additional benefit of creating a climatically buffered storage area for medicines which improves their shelf-life.