EN-Projects was awarded the contracts to modernise the rehabilitation departments of the Shaoxing People’s Hospital in Zhejiang Province and the Affilitate Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University in Liaoning Province, with funding from the Netherlands Government Package4Growth programme. Both projects included a sustainable / renewable energy programme.
The sustainable energy programmes aimed to develop renewable energy packages to generate energy on-site, which would compensate for the energy consumption of the equipment delivered by EN-Projects. A detailed energy audit was carried out to estimate the energy use of the new equipment. A variety of renewable energy options to compensate for the energy use of the equipment were considered. Following detailed evaluation, a solar thermal system was deemed the most suitable system for both hospitals. The solar thermal system has been implemented successfully at the Shaoxing People’s Hospital, with work ongoing at the Affilitate Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University.
EN-Projects participated in the “investment preparation study on energy efficient district hospitals in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico” executed between September 2006 and February 2008. EN-Projects developed a proposal for a highly energy efficient general hospital in co-operation with the Austrian-German engineering and architects ATB, supported by the Dutch ministry of economics (PESP-programme).
The aim was to provide an advanced energy efficient concept, based on an integrated planning process from the very beginning. This included the structural design and renewable energy technologies for cooling, heating, waste disposal and production of electricity. The design included patented building materials such as wall insulation, specialist low energy medical equipment packages, energy management systems and water treatment. It also considered user requirements and the required training of hospital staff.
The result was a substantial reduction in the need for electro-mechanical cooling systems as well as overall consumption of energy and water, reducing the operating costs of the hospital. Such health facilities should be characteristically quieter, cooler and more cost efficient – benefits transferred to and appreciated by healthcare workers, patients and budget holders alike. This revolutionary approach to health infrastructure can be applied to virtually any size of health facility worldwide. The energy efficient design demonstrates our capacity for innovation in health infrastructure provision. Several clients have showed interest in our designs as Governments and funding bodies look more to ecological and energy efficient designs as the future of healthcare
Estimated reduction in energy and water consumption:
- 50% of cooling requirement for the building
- 60% of energy for cooling
- 80% of energy for water heating
- 40% of water consumption