The Infanta Sofía University Hospital, designed, constructed, financed and partially managed by ACCIONA, is the only Spanish project nominated in the BREEAM Awards 2020. This project has been nominated for the “Public Sector Project: In-Use Award”.
These awards, presented by the prestigious certification agency BREEAM®, are considered the most important in the field of sustainable construction. Every year they recognise the most innovative and environmentally-friendly buildings around the world, as well as the achievements of the BREEAM assessors and socially responsible investment.
The presentation ceremony for the BREEAM Awards 2020 will take place on 2 March in London.
An example of sustainable management and constant improvement
ACCIONA has managed the Infanta Sofía public hospital, in San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid), as a concession since 2008, when the company completed its construction. Since then, and until 2035, ACCIONA will provide all of the non-clinical services at the hospital, such as the catering, laundry, logistics, etc.
In line with ACCIONA’s commitment to sustainability, the company designed the hospital to make maximum use of the natural external lighting and create spacious internal areas. Furthermore, during its management, it has implemented pioneering systems in Madrid’s public hospital network, achieving greater energy efficiency and providing a higher quality service.
These initiatives include the installation of monitoring mechanisms that allow a building’s energy demand to be analysed in real time, detecting variations in electricity and natural gas consumption, making it possible to establish immediate action protocols to correct them. This system, combined with the replacement of traditional lighting with LEDs, the use of efficient equipment and the adaptation of the air conditioning using external and internal temperature sensors, has reduced the hospital’s natural gas consumption by more than 55% and its electricity by 19% since it opened.
It has also improved its water management, reducing consumption by nearly 24% through water saving measures supported by awareness campaigns among personnel and patients.
These measures are coordinated by a “Sustainability Committee” responsible for the social and environmental management of the hospital, which also analyses other environmental impacts such as waste management and paper consumption.
Thanks to the measures implemented by ACCIONA to reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint, this centre has managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30%. This work was accredited in 2016 and 2019 with the BREEAM® certificate, which assesses not only the buildings themselves but also their sustainable environmental management. In these assessments, the hospital has retained its “Excellent” rating for the building management, and its “Very good” rating for the building itself.
The Infanta Sofía Hospital is currently the only public healthcare centre in Spain to hold the BREEAM ES “In Use” sustainability certificate.
BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the method for assessing and certifying building sustainability with 20 years of experience and more than 541,000 buildings certified in more than 77 countries.
If you would like to know more about the BREEAM Awards 2020, or if you are interested in registering, please use this link: https://www.breeam.com/awards/