Efficient and Green Hospitals

In the service sector, hospitals are the largest energy consumers. With approx. 6000 kWh electricity/year and 29,000 kWh heat/year and patient bed, the energy consumption of an in-patient corresponds to that of two modern single-family homes. According to existing studies, up to 40% of the electricity demand and over 30% of the heat can be saved.

With increasing competence in energy management and optimized supply structures, hospitals can serve in the future as inner-city supply platforms, for surrounding buildings or businesses.

IHNES promotes the topic of energy efficiency and energy management in the health sector through an interregional network of hospital operators, research institutions and engineering offices. On the basis of uniform energy key figures, building services engineering and operational processes are compared and specific measures are derived. In most cases, energy supply structures, legal requirements and current problems are similar, making energy efficiency measures easily transferable. Experience gained from the implementation and planning of comparable measures is summarised in applicable concepts. Furthermore, a software-supported toolbox for the evaluation and planning of specific efficiency measures is being developed.

Workshop Bozen / EURAC

On invitation of EURAC Bolzano, all project partners met in the NOI Technology Park to talk about energy efficiency in hospitals.

As a special guest we had the pleasure to welcome Gabriele Brandl from Klimaaktiv in Austria. She presented the activities of the Energy Agency Austria and Klimaaktiv – the Austrian platform for climate protection, environment and energy.

Besides a short overview on energy monitoring in general, EURAC started with a presentation of its software platform CERPLAN for the collection of energy and building data. Our platform to analyse energy key figures, best practice examples (federal and state wide).

The practical contribution was provided by tirol kliniken with a field report on LED lighting in hospitals.

Finally, the EURAC gave us an insight into the research and test laboratories in the NOI Technology Park.

Kick Off

On 07 October 2019 the kick-off meeting for the IHNES project took place in the Hotel Adlers. After successful approval of our project we started the first official meeting with an overview of the work packages and the next formal steps.

Finally we visited the University Clinic Innsbruck – the new building for internal medicine and the technical centre in the Frauen-Kopf-Klinik.