New wing maximises light

1 June 2011 – Adelaide’s redeveloped Flinders Medical Centre has become the first hospital project in Australia to receive a prestigious five star Green Star rating.

The hospital’s new south wing has been awarded the rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for excellence in environmentally sustainable design as part of the $160 million refurbishment.

AECOM, as sustainability consultants and building services engineers, implemented a range of sustainable features including centralised airconditioning, a 286-panel solar hot water system and extensive grey-water and rainwater harvesting.

The hot water system is designed to reduce recurrent energy costs by $400,000 per year and annual carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent. On each level sub-meters instantly monitor electricity, hot and cold water use and chilled and heating water consumption.

AECOM building engineering team leader in Adelaide, Kriston Symons, said the sustainability measures will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent and reduce water use by 20 per cent.

Designed in conjunction with Woodhead Architects, the new wing also includes purpose-designed external fixed shading devices to maximise light penetration while minimising solar heat gain, and high efficiency glazing.

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