Furbish Sustainable Hospitals (FSH)
Hospitals stand for ca. 5 % of the EU’s CO2 emissions/year, being the largest consumer in the public sector. By applying the ‘Furbish®-method’, which focusses on user-centred and sustainable indoor environments, an innovative IR-sensor concept from RWTH and IEQ competence from Chalmers, energy savings of up to 40 % are estimated. Through combining evidence on human factors from patients and staff with building service technologies, interior design and workflow optimisation, the project intents to lay the ground for a new smart generation of low carbon hospitals of the future. This pilot study will provide unique insight for the adaptation of the Furbish®-method, originally developed at Chalmers for hospitals, to the healthcare sector, and additionally deliver representative field test data of the RWTH sensor concept at University Hospital MHH in Hannover/Germany. Along with energy performance data of the building, we aim to determine the real potential for improvement of user comfort as well as energy savings by demand side control.
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Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods
Ulrike Rahe was promoted to professor in Industrial Design at Chalmers in 2003. Since then, her life-time professorship (since 1994 at HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim...
Researcher, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology, Sustainable Building
Quan Jin is a researcher in sustainable building at the Division of Building Technology, research group Sustainable Building and in the Area of Advance Building Futures. Quan works with building...
Postdoc, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design
Elke Miedema is a Postdoc researcher at Architectural Methods & Theory. She holds a MSc degree in Architecture for TU Delft (2012) and a PhD in Architecture from Chalmers University of Technology...
Full Professor/Research Group Leader, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology, Sustainable Building
Holger is a Full Professor in sustainable building at the Division of Building Technology, research group Sustainable Building, and in the Area of advance Building Futures. Holger works within...
RWTH Aachen University/DE
MHH Hannover Medical School/DE
- Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID) (Non Profit, Sweden)
- Furbish AB (Private, Sweden)
- Swedish Energy Agency (Public, Sweden)