Healthcare Living Laboratories

About the project

This hospital Living Lab will validate emerging technologies in demand reduction, demand management, renewable energy and enabling technologies.

Project title Healthcare Living Laboratories: Queensland Children’s Hospital
Project number LLHC4
Project location Brisbane, Queensland
Lead partner Queensland University of Technology
Contact Dr Wendy Miller
School of Built Environment
Science and Engineering Faculty
Project partners
Project participants Queensland Children’s Hospital
Start date 01/07/2019
End date 30/06/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding $307,421
Total project cost $799,185


Hospitals are one of the most energy intensive commercial building types in Australia. Improving energy productivity and developing appropriate sector wide key performance measures is challenging because of differences in clinical services, patient activity and floor space utilisation. With rising health care costs and demand, there is a need to optimise high-cost hospital infrastructure. In particular there is a need for (a) control and optimisation strategies that can provide the essential energy services cost effectively, (b) renewable energy supply options that reduce exposure to rising commodity prices, and (c) demand response capability to reduce exposure to peak demand pricing and extreme weather events.


This project establishes a Living Laboratory in a working hospital precinct. It will enable a community of innovators, designers, researchers, practitioners and educators to test and evaluate technologies and practices to deliver greater energy productivity, reduce peak demand and explore innovative options for embedding renewable energy and storage into a hospital campus. It will not only test innovative technologies and processes, but will also evaluate the usefulness of new key performance indicators and metrics that link energy performance (especially peak demand, renewable energy and resilience) to core health services.


Living Lab established and operational at Queensland Children’s Hospital precinct.
Australian HVAC and building services industries enable to have their innovative technologies independently validates at the facility.
Demonstration of practical cost effective ways that hospital can achieve 30%+ reduction in energy demand/consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the use of new technologies relating to HVAC operation and control, demand management, grid interoperability and renewable energy.
At least 2 technology assessments completed and published.
Information disseminated to wider healthcare and building services industries.

Additional impact

Incorporation of findings into health department and hospital policies, tenders and new construction specifications, as well as operating manuals and procurement processes.
Job training: student projects and internships (undergraduate and post-graduate students).

Project reports

LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – GMG Thermal XR Coating System
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Exergenics Stage 2
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Buildings Alive REF
LLHC4 Technical Report – Analysis of Future Energy Use QCH
LLHC4 Lessons learnt report
LLCH4 Knowledge sharing report
LLHC4 Queensland Children’s Hospital – Operations Manual and Baseline Data V3.0
LLHC4 Queensland Children’s Hospital – Baseline Data V1.0
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Exergenics Digital Twin (QCH Chiller system optimisation)
LLHC4 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created on 31/01/2020