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COWI helps China take the green leap forward

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COWI A/S recently prepared a LEED strategy for a new, ambitious 400,000 m2 hospital project in Pukou, Nanjing, China. The hospital aims to achieve LEED HC Gold, which can make it one of the first health-care buildings to achieve this certification.

​With the rapid urbanization of China and the country's growing need for a cleaner environment, the enthusiasm amongst the Chinese for green buildings is soaring.

China is in fact the 2nd largest market for LEED Green Building Certification. Many different types of buildings are already LEED certified: commercial offices, industrial factories, residential buildings etc. And now also a sustainable hospital is on the drawing board.

"The hospital in Pukou will be one of the first healthcare buildings in China to meet the healthcare-specific standards under the LEED program, in this case LEED HC Gold. Only two hospitals worldwide have so far been built to meet the LEED HC standards for healthcare buildings, while more are in progress," says Juliane Münch, COWI's LEED advisor on the project.

International standards for the sustainable design

To reach the high goal for the Pukou hospital, COWI was appointed to look at the project from an international point of view and do value engineering on the design of the hospital and LEED strategy which was initially performed by a local team.

"The design is guided by the concept of green hospital. We were therefore engaged to review the LEED strategy of the local team which included energy efficiency, water supply, indoor climate and ventilation. In order to do that we created an independent LEED strategy suggesting how the hospital can achieve LEED HC Gold, explains Juliane Münch.

Furthermore COWI conducted a feasibility study for the energy supply system. Among other things, this resulted in the suggestion for an energy system that is more efficient than the one that was initially planned by the local team.

Future-proof hospital design

COWI also assessed the hospital design by means of value engineering of hospital-specific topics such as technical hygiene, hospital logistics and flexibility in the building structure.

Among other things, this involved a screening of the hygiene procedures and materials chosen for fixtures and finishes, the logistics of, e.g., the patient flow and hospital supply strategies as well as the flexibility in the design of the buildings to ensure that the buildings can be adjusted to meet future demands. Juliane Münch is excited about the project and predicts a growing market in sustainable solutions in China:

"China’s seeing an increasing focus on sustainability and a huge demand for international competencies in the field. Given that China is becoming a global front runner in the field, we expect our expertise in LEED and green buildings to become a stepping stone for further expansion in China”, Münch ends.


By Helen Marie Bennett
Published 28.01.2014

Facts about the project

​When completed, the hospital, also known as Nanjing Pukou Xincheng Medical Center, will provide the highest diagnosis and treatment levels for the residents in the Nanjing Pukou Xincheng area.

The new hospital will feature 400,000 square metres on 14.31 hectares. COWI's task was concentrated on the first phase of the project, comprising 170,000 square metres.

The hospital is located in a new development zone where the surrounding municipal infrastructure is under construction.

The client is Nanjing Pukou Xincheng Construction Development CO., Ltd.

LAST UPDATED: 06.10.2017