Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

The Salam Centre is run and managed by the Italian based humanitarian organisation EMERGENCY.
Since April 2007, the Centre provides high standard, free of charge paediatric and adult cardiac surgery.

Against heat

The desert climate and very high temperatures, often up to 50 °C in summer, represented a problem in setting up a structure such as the Salam Centre, requiring for clinical reasons indoor temperatures of 18 to 24 °C.

The Salam Centre’s external walls are built with multiple bricks’ layers interspersed with paneled, insulated air chambers, for a total thickness of about 60 cm. The windows are equipped with double glasses covered with sun-screening films.

The land around the Salam Centre has been very extensively planted with trees and hedges, and the walkways around the building screened by panels of intertwined vegetable fibers, employing a traditional technique used by the locals to build their beds.

All the above measures contributed to further shielding the Centre from the sun, thus reducing the energy requirements for cooling and air conditioning, and facilitating the optimal use of the locally available resources, the sun and the Nile’s water.

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