Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital yesterday said it became the second hospital chain in the world to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification for a new advanced cancer treatment center.
The hospital said it invested NT$5.4 billion (US$163.6 million) to build the center, including NT$2.15 billion in construction spending.
About NT$7.8 million, or 3.6 percent, of the construction funds were spent on work required for the certification in collaboration with Siemens AG, the hospital said, adding that the center uses 42 percent less energy than a regular building.
Hospitals are the No. 2 energy user in Taiwan, making up about 15 percent of overall energy usage, according to statistics from the Bureau of Energy.
Siemens has been the general consultant throughout the application and implementation process for LEED, the hospital said.
The German company helped design a building management system for Chang Gung’s proton and radiation therapy center to boost its “smart” capacities and make it more energy efficient, the hospital said.
Building management business is one of the top four revenue sources for Siemens, which has helped more than six local enterprises operate building management systems and receive LEED certification, including the Taipei Financial Center (台北金融中心), which operates Taipei 101.
Siemens Taiwan chief executive officer Erdal Elver said that Siemens is also working with other subsidiaries of Formosa Plastics Group (台塑集團) on several projects to improve energy-efficiency.
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