Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, TaiwanChang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), located in the district of Linkou, Taiwan, was founded in 1978. The hospital has nearly 4,000 beds and a total of 29 specialty centers. One of the centers is the Proton and Radiation Therapy Center (PRTC), which was the first proton center in Taiwan. CGMH PRTC provides advanced radiation therapy and comprehensive medical care to patients from Taiwan and the rest of the world.
The buildings that house CGMH PRTC were planned and designed by CGMH’s facility team. Siemens was called in to serve as the green building consultant for the center. The goal was nothing less than Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Healthcare Platinum certification. CGMH is committed to the long-term efforts of sustainability, which was behind the decision to make CGMH PRTC into a sustainable and green place.
Siemens equipped CGMH PRTC with its building management system to make the building’s operations more intelligent and energy efficient. Furthermore, Siemens served as the green building consultant throughout the LEED application and implementation processes.
In order to comply with LEED for Healthcare guidelines, extra effort went into among others energy-saving low-e double-layer glass for all external windows; variable frequency for air-conditioners; two-way lighting control systems with automatic on-off functions; recycling of around 98 percent of construction waste; and a high degree of recycled construction materials.
As a result of these efforts, CGMH PRTC received LEED for Healthcare Platinum certification in 2014. Platinum is the highest level possible. CGMH PRTC is Asia’s first and the world’s second hospital to receive LEED for Healthcare Platinum certification.
CGMH PRTC is now 42 percent more energy efficient than regular buildings. Every year, CGMH PRTC saves 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity consumption and reduces 1,224 metric tons of CO2 emissions. In addition, the wastewater recycling and reclaimed water system reduce water consumption by 61 percent or 18,750 tons of water annually.