Our approach was to integrate sustainable initiatives into both the structure and finer details of the building. For example, energy efficiency gains are made with the use of combined cooling heat power (CCHP). Four layers of glazing provides enhanced insulation, and automated blinds provide protection from the sun.
New energy efficient backup generators are able to provide 100 per cent backup power to the clinical facility, if required. Rainwater is harvested for use as ‘grey water’ and waste water from renal reverse osmosis dialysis plant water is recycled.
These measures have not only minimised the building’s carbon footprint, but reduced operational costs through reduced energy and water consumption. Importantly, the well ventilated facility means a comfortable environment for patients and staff, and helps to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.