The Infanta Sofía Hospital in Madrid, constructed and managed by ACCIONA, is the most sustainable in Europe

03/04/2020
  • This hospital has been recognised at the BREEAM Awards 2020 as the winner of the “Public Sector Project: In-Use Award” as the most sustainable in Europe
  • This is the first time that a Spanish project has won this award since the launch of the BREEAM® sustainability certification 30 years ago
  • Over the course of 10 years, the Infanta Sofía Hospital has reduced its CO2 emissions by 30%, its natural gas consumption by 55%, water by 24% and electricity by 19%

The Infanta Sofía University Hospital in Madrid, designed, constructed, financed and partially managed by ACCIONA, has won the “Public Sector Project: In-Use Award” at the BREEAM Awards 2020 for the energy efficiency and water saving measures that ACCIONA has implemented both in its design and during its ten years of life, which have reduced the hospital’s carbon footprint by 30%.

These awards, presented by the BREEAM® certification organisation, 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.

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 natural light and open up spacious internal areas.

Furthermore, during these years of management, ACCIONA has also implemented pioneering systems to provide energy efficiency and higher quality service in Madrid’s public hospital network.

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 corrective actions.

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 hospital’s social and environmental management, 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 sustainability of the buildings themselves but also their management.

In these assessments, the Infanta Sofía Hospital has retained its “Excellent” rating for the building management, and its “Very good” rating for the building itself.

The Infanta Sofía University Hospital is currently the only public healthcare centre in Spain to hold the BREEAM ES “In Use” sustainability certificate. It is also the first time that a Spanish project has won the “Public Sector Project: In-Use Award” since the launch of the BREEAM® sustainability certification 30 years ago.

BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is a method for assessing and certifying building sustainability, with 20 years of experience and more than 541,000 buildings certified in more than 77 countries.

BREEAM® is the oldest sustainable construction certificate and is present in 85 countries.It has certified more than half a million projects and two million projects are currently engaged in the certification process. The BREEAM Awards judge and assess projects from more than 80 countries and a Spanish project has always been shortlisted among the finalists since 2016.

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