In Denmark, hospital construction projects increasingly introduce green initiatives and environment-friendly practices into the design, building and management of the facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of hospitals as well as improve patient care.
As part of the Danish hospital construction projects, a range of energy efficiency measures are being adopted both in the modernization of existing facilities and the construction of new greenfield hospitals. Hospitals typically use significantly more resources and produce more waste than comparably sized commercial buildings, and therefore the effective deployment of environmentally driven strategies to improve resource management is of critical importance in the development of sustainable healthcare facilities. The future hospitals of Denmark cover large areas and solar panels on their roofs are therefore obvious green hospital measures. In the Region of Southern Denmark, the New Odense University Hospital will be equipped with a large solar power plant that will supply one third of the power for the construction of the hospital and one fifth of the power for operation when completed in 2022.
Other measures include the use of energy efficient medical equipment and lighting systems for hospitals to reduce energy expenses, as well as the deployment of technologically advanced energy management systems. These energy solutions, in combination with implementation of efficient water management and a focus on the reuse of resources, can reduce the overall environmental impact of healthcare facilities, increase efficiency, and reduce cost of operations.
Danish hospitals are also introducing increased use of daylight lighting and natural air ventilation into the healing environment to improve patient care.