16 October 2013 — South Australia is leading the nation on sustainable hospitals, hosting two of three Green Star certified healthcare facilities.
SA Health’s Inpatient Building, Lyell McEwin Hospital Redevelopment Stage C, is the latest to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Healthcare Design v1 rating.
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network acting chief operating officer Brett Thompson said the facility delivered “the best, most efficient care while providing a calm and healing environment focused on patient comfort and privacy”.
“Some of the key environmental initiatives include high levels of natural daylight and outside fresh air ventilation, solar thermal panels to provide onsite generation of renewable heating energy and rainwater storage tanks to collect water from rooftops,” he said.
“Patient rooms have been developed to the highest international standards and include an ensuite and large window with views of landscaped gardens or surrounding area, designed to provide a welcoming and caring environment to advance the healing process.”
The new 96-bed inpatient building is a four-ward building that includes a helipad on the upper level.
The building’s design incorporates discrete garden courtyards between all wings that are accessible from patient rooms and lounges at ground level, and which provide patients with access to natural light and views of nature – features that international research has found can reduce the need for pain medication by up to 22 per cent, and reduce average length of stay by up to 41 per cent.
The design also features high levels of outside fresh air ventilation to promote good indoor air quality.
Passive design techniques comprising high performance glazing, insulation and external solar shading, combined with high technology mechanical solutions, will reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent.
Photovoltaics provide onsite generation of renewable electrical energy, while rainwater storage tanks collect water from rooftops for toilet flushing and irrigation.
Building A significantly upgrades LMH’s infrastructure including:
- Increase in electrical transformer and distribution capacity including an additional stand-by generator and diesel fuel storage. This upgrade can provide sufficient power to the hospital for 48 hours operation or for the equivalent of 500 typical households
- Increased chilled and heated water generation capacity for the airconditioning system. The total capacity of the system has increased to 7400 kilowatts, which is equivalent to the requirements for airconditioning of 750 households
- Two new fire water storage tanks, which can hold up to 180,000 litres or the equivalent of 360 domestic water tanks each, have been installed. Portable water storage on site has increased to 200,000 litres to provide 48 hours ongoing operation to the hospital if SA Water supply lost