HOK’s Mount Elizabeth Novena Named One of the World’s Greenest Hospitals
In a list of the 30 most environmentally friendly hospitals in the world, HOK’s Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital ranks 14th.
This roundup of the world’s most sustainable healthcare facilities is geared toward students and young professionals in healthcare administration.
“14. Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital – Novena, Singapore: Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that straddles the line between hospital and hotel, thanks to a luxury design by global architects HOK. The 312-room facility was completed in April 2012 at a cost of $250 million. It has incorporated a raft of environmentally friendly features that led to it being awarded the Singapore Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award. Sustainable elements include carefully managed, high-efficiency water systems that afford savings of around 30 percent when measured against standard buildings and energy-efficient, occupant-sensing lighting systems. The building also features a green roof, which helps to maintain a constant temperature, while prime positioning of its facades produces a cooler environment for patients.”
The hospital sets a new benchmark for sustainability in Singapore. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the healing power of natural light to shine through to patients. Balconies, gardens and rooftop landscaping link patients to the nurturing environment. The unique angled room design gives patients better access to the outdoor environment while helping clinical staff monitor their activities. Other eco-friendly features including aerial gardens and integrated photovoltaic green technology.