Denmark’s Biggest Hospital Focuses on Sustainability
Sustainability, comfort and energy consumption are in focus at the biggest hospital building ever constructed in Denmark. On the outskirts of Aarhus, Grundfos is playing a vital role helping the New University Hospital reach its environmental goals.
50 kilometres away from the headquarters of Grundfos in Bjerringbro, a hospital as big as a small town is being constructed in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. When the construction is finished in 2020, around one million patients per year will visit the facilities of the New University Hospital
"In the construction of the hospital, the focus is first of all on the patients’ wellbeing. We want them to have the most effective treatment. This is only possible if the materials and products, which are built in, work optimally. Therefore, we consider the quality, environmental impact, the operation and handling of the working products in the systems and especially the energy consumption in the building phase", says Simon Witt Pedersen, Project Manager of the project department of The New University Hospital. This means that the hospital will meet tomorrow’s demands in terms of low energy, and the hospital aims to be the most modern university hospital in Northern Europe. This is the case in the treatment of patients as well as the quality level of all products surrounding the hospital.
Bravida is a supplier of installations and services within electricity, plumbing, heating and ventilation. When they chose the supplier of pumps to the first stages of the construction of the hospital, they looked to Grundfos. Together, the two companies have a long time working experience.
"We wanted the best pumps on the market, and we wanted high quality, efficiency and the most modern technology. Because of this, we chose the MAGNA3 for most installations, which in my opinion is the most modern and efficient pump available. Secondly, the hospital wanted pumps which are able to be part of and communicate with larger systems, in this case the ventilation and radiator systems", says Søren Østergaard, Project Manager from Bravida.
At the hospital, the patients are the number one priority. Therefore, the solutions have to be easy to install and handle. The MAGNA3 pumps will be used in heating and cooling systems as well as for ventilation and recycling of heat, so the patients and employees share a comfortable environment in all the buildings. And to make the job easier, the pumps can be monitored from one point, where the employees can see if one of the pumps needs an adjustment.
A role to play
At Grundfos, the company is proud to be part of the new state-of-the-art hospital, which from a technological point of view is going to be a landmark in Europe.
"Our products do not have the biggest influence on the primary activities of the hospital, but they have a role to play in the vital parts of the comfort systems. We are happy that the building project is focused on the energy consumption, and that priority has been given to the selection of the pump solutions", says Henrik Falck, Sales Manager of Grundfos Denmark.