An EPOS-initiated presentation and panel discussion on “Sustainable Health Facility Infrastructure in Developing and Transition Countries” took place at EPOS Headquarters in Bad Homburg on April 7, 2014. Representatives from donor agencies and leading development experts collectively acknowledged the growing importance of ‘Green Hospitals’ and the key role they play in impacting sustainability.
The gathering featured presentations by Emma Frame, Senior EPOS Project Manager and Hospital Planner; Bernhard Nimbach, mechanical and electrical engineer with over 30 years of professional experience in developing countries; and Jan-Gerd Kuehling, healthcare engineer specialised in environmental protection, hygiene engineering and hospital waste management. Senior Health Economist Michael Weinhara provided project-based best practice insight from Afghanistan.
‘Green’ hospital initiatives include infrastructure, processes and environmental considerations and are of growing importance to all industrialised, developing and transition countries. They integrate environmentally sustainable and responsible approaches, in the form of application of renewable energy technologies (solar and wind power) to provide electricity, pump water and maintain cold chains, and application of energy efficient technologies for lighting as well as air cooling or heating, use of natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, and other technologies.
Examples included projects in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and highlighted the importance of involving all levels of stakeholders from the very start. ‘Green’ initiatives are far reaching and have the ability to touch on multiple aspects of a hospital construction or refurbishment project – ultimately minimising potential risk and loss.
Find out more about EPOS' 'Green' Hospital services here.