Conceptual approach to Energy Efficiency in large hospital area in the Zlín Region

Discover the Zlín Energy Agency’s approach to the reconstruction of individual pavilions for better energy management in the hospital area of Zlín.

Conceptual approach to Energy Efficiency in large hospital area in the Zlín Region

The hospital in Uherské Hradiště is one of four hospitals belonging to the Zlín Region. The Uherské Hradiště Hospital provides outpatient and inpatient care in basic and specialised fields at 8 workplaces of surgical specialties, 12 workplaces of internal medicine and at 7 workplaces of laboratory complement. The individual pavilions of the hospital were in a very poor condition from the energy point of view: high heat consumption, overheating in summer etc. The heat and hot water sources in the central boiler room were old and inefficient and all this led to large heat losses.

Between 2012 and 2020, Energy Agency of the Zlín Region initiated, developed, and administered a set of several consequent investment projects on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency leading to a considerable decrease of the energy demand in a large hospital area in Uherské Hradiště with the support from OP Environment 2007-2013 and OP Environment 2014-2020. Among measures implemented in this period belong:

  • reconstruction of the central boiler room and area heat distribution, including the installation of 2 pieces of solar panels for the preparation of hot water;
  • complex insulation of 6 hospital pavilions;
  • complex heat insulation of 2 hostels for hospital staff;
  • 3 PV power plants on the 3 central buildings roofs with combined installed power 219 kWp.

Annual total heat savings for all implemented measures combined are 44,828.59 GJ and annual CO2 reductions achieved are 2,999.44 tonnes.

Total implementation costs combined were €5.486 million with the contribution from the OP Environment in amount €1.878 million.

Although some difficulties and barriers were encountered, such as public opposition to the waste combustion, high financial investment demands, insufficient knowledge of designers in the field of low energy standards or some obstacles on investors´ side in the willingness to build beyond the minimum standards set by legislation, all of them were successfully overcome.

Investments undertaken significantly reduced both heating and operational costs of the hospital and thus saved public funds spent on operations in health care. The installation of PV panels increased the hospital’s self-sufficiency and reduced electricity consumption from non-renewable sources. Thanks to the insulation and installation of air conditioning with recuperation, the internal microclimate of the building was improved.

Methodical management of energy management is provided by the Energy Agency of the Zlín Region since only a proper implementation of energy management ensures all measures being fully operational.

The Czech Republic OP Environment subsidy program enables the implementation of such diverse projects which in addition to quantifiable financial and energy savings and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions bring another significant element. A pleasant environment is created in the hospital contributing to the wellbeing of all users, which is so important in their treatment process.

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