The EU has imposed an energy-saving objective of 20% by 2020 on the member states. As approximately 40% of energy consumption is attributable to buildings, buildings play an extremely important role in achieving the goal. Up until now, energy consumption has been reduced in residential buildings in particular, but stricter regulations have been implemented for other building stock as well.
Hospitals are significant consumers of energy, which is why there is a considerable need for developing energy-saving opportunities and solutions. Savings must be implemented with discretion in the hospital environment to ensure that they do not put the safety of patients, personnel and visitors at risk. For example, the transmission of hazardous airborne infections from isolation areas must be prevented in all circumstances.
The project aims to develop opportunities to use needs-based ventilation in hospital environments and to study the energy savings potential achieved through this ventilation method. The objective is to develop advanced control systems that suit hospital environments and are reliable, as well as to reduce the consumption of energy.
The project is a joint venture between Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) and the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The project is carried out in close cooperation with companies and partners.