A healthy approach to sustainability
Proactive measures such as efficient chillers, mercury-free LED lighting, harvesting daylight, recycling wastewater ensured 40% energy and 30% water savings.
The Global healthcare organisation, Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), having its presence in India and Middle Eastern countries, has ambitious growth plans. While expanding the spectrum of healthcare, protecting the environment tops their mind. Keeping sustainability on priority, they set high goals for their 93,000 sqft Kollam (Kerala) campus.
The group wanted all possible measures to be integrated into the design of their 100-bed hospital. But they needed an expert to offer them the best solutions that met their requirements. Working with a similar ethos, we partnered, starting from design charrette to handing over the project.
Our teams collaborated with all stakeholders to assess numerous options for achieving the targets at low or no cost. The exercise helped us in choosing the right glazing for the façade to maximise natural lighting and reduce solar gain. We also selected the right-sized chillers to increase the efficiency of air-conditioning. We agreed to use only LED lights for the building. Following the client’s desire, all solutions were included in the design and implemented during construction.
The hospital management was farsighted to recycle wastewater while we ensured to avoid landfills of waste generated during construction. The result of all the efforts was 40% energy savings and 30% water savings.
The partnership brought more than what was agreed upon initially. The hospital received the GOLD rating – IGBC New Building Category from Indian Green Building Council. As it added another feather in the group’s cap, we moved a step further in cementing our bond with them.