Hospital 4.0 - Intelligent energy management in hospital buildings

European Project

Project description

Hospitals are buildings of continuous use, which have very specific air conditioning requirements in their different spaces and are conditioned by the climatic evolution characteristic of the Sudoe territory. Inefficiency in management or its lack of adequacy causes incensed expenses, avoidable emissions and inefficiency of the public investment provided for its construction and maintenance.

In view of these circumstances, the project proposes the development of two tools to support the efficient management of energy and water consumption, in order to achieve buildings with almost zero energy consumption.

Once the effectiveness of these tools has been proven, the public entities responsible will define public policies for the energy renovation of hospital infrastructures, the private entities will have a replicable model for the same purpose and the business sector will have references for these activities.

General objectives

The project aims to build a system for predicting the energy performance of hospital buildings in Mediterranean environments that will improve the efficiency of their management, reduce operating costs and complaints from professionals and users, and increase the profitability of public investment in their construction and use.

Through the design, validation and implementation of energy efficiency models for the renovation of hospital buildings, the project seeks to achieve energy savings and a reduction in emissions associated with this type of public building.

Through the implementation of networks and joint experimentation, the project aims to improve energy efficiency policies in public buildings.

For all this, each country has the collaboration of a reference hospital building where the pilot tests will be carried out.

Specific Objectives

  1. Real-time energy management system: Design and pilot application of a system for predicting the energy behaviour of hospital buildings in a Mediterranean climate. “Virtual Twin Building”. The aim is to build a tool of universal use for the immediate management of energy and water consumption in hospital buildings that will allow the adaptation of the installations to the specific demands of technicians and users and the climatic conditions of the environment.
  2. Building renovation strategy: Design and pilot application of a model for the renovation of energy-intensive buildings to convert them into buildings with a near-zero emissions balance. “Renewal passport”. The preparation of this Passport will identify the corrective measures to be applied in hospital infrastructures to make them efficient buildings with almost zero emissions, preserving the quality of the air inside.
  3. Implementation of results: Design and approval of Public Policies for the implementation of the tools and model in the hospital infrastructure park and for the promotion of business activities linked to the renovation of energy-intensive buildings. The three hospital buildings used to carry out the tasks and pilot tests are, in themselves, centres of reference in their respective territorial or management environments. The results obtained in them can be more easily disseminated and replicated both because of the level of competence of the public and private entities responsible for their management and because of the results that can be expected to be obtained through the application of the new management and renovation systems designed by the project

Duration: october 2019-march 2022

Project partners

  • Dirección General de Accesibilidad y Centros – Consejería de Sanidad y Servicios Sociales. JUNTAEX. España
  • Fundación para la Formación e Investigación de los Profesionales de la Salud de Extremadura – FundeSalud. España
  • Chambre de Commerce et d?Industrie Bayonne Pays-CCI Bayonne Pays Basque. France
  • Agência para a Energia – ADENE. Portugal
  • Instituto Superior Técnico – IST. Portugal

Project co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)