Health Infrastructure

In Canada, essential infrastructure, such as food production facilities, water management, energy production, storm sewers, homes and hospitals, is often designed and constructed according to the meteorological conditions which existed before the advent of climate change. As such, their inability to cope with conditions outside of their design specifications can lead to risks to the health of the population.

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The effects of climate change on hospitals

In response to British Columbia’s new climate reality, two recent studies provide recommendations for improving the infrastructure of existing health facilities and introducing new building codes for future buildings.

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Variables related to Health Infrastructure

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This is the number of days when daily maximum temperature is greater than 25°C and gives an indication of the number of summer days. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


This is the number of days when daily maximum temperature is greater than 27°C. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


This is the number of days when daily maximum temperature is greater than 29°C. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


This is the number of days when daily maximum temperature is greater than 30°C and gives an indication of the number of very hot days. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


This is the number of days when daily maximum temperature is greater than 32°C. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


Heating degree days give an indication of the amount of space heating that may be required to maintain comfortable conditions in a building during cooler months. A threshold temperature of 17°C is used and for any day when the mean temperature is below this value, heating degree days are accrued. So, if the daily mean temperature on a given day is 10°C, then 7 HDDs are accrued for this day. HDD values are totalled over the year; the larger the HDD value the greater the requirement for space heating. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.


Number of days with daily precipitation totals greater than 20 mm. For more information of the source data and figures, click here.