This state of the art public hospital with 240 beds (upgradeable to 300) has officially been opened in South Africa’s largest township Khayelitsha this Wednesday, 17 April 2012.
The new Khayelitsha Hospital has used numerous design techniques and energy technologies that lead to it receiving a level 3-accreditation in terms of its carbon footprint.
Design innovations used includes;
- passive design elements and interventions that reduce the building’s reliance on artificial lights and mechanical ventilation
- the majority of the hospital’s electricity needs come from the 25kWp solar panel system and a 2kW wind turbine
- artificial lighting using LED, CFL’s etc.
- usage of heat pumps and positioning near main kitchen areas for energy optimisation
- re-using clean water from autoclaves in toilets and other water features