The UK’s first Passivhaus health centre in Coventry has formally received Passivhaus Classic certification. Its opening in August, follows four years of analysis by Tooley Foster, AECOM, and Community Health Partnerships to establish the financial and health benefits of Passivhaus standards for medical buildings.
Patients and staff are now benefiting from filtered air, temperature & humidity controls, and an optimised internal layout. Dr Sarah Raistrick, a local GP and Chair of NHS Coventry and Warwickshire CCG said, “We are delighted with this fantastic new addition to our local community. Provision of care in sustainable surroundings is something we want to see replicated across the NHS”.
On site for just 25 weeks, with every aspect tightly controlled and budgeted for, the Foleshill project used modular construction to keep site costs down and illustrates how factory production is no barrier to high-end Passivhaus certification.
And with NHS estates currently contributing 5% to England's carbon footprint, the project demonstrates how Passivhaus technology can save money while also helping the NHS with its ambition to become zero carbon by 2040. You can read more about the #Greener NHS, Delivering a net zero NHS here.
The building will now be used as an exemplar of good practice within the NHS. Data will continue to be collected and analysed over the next few years, providing additional evidence for investment in Passivhaus by the NHS as we near 2040.
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