Healthcare Living Laboratories

About the project

This project will assist healthcare facility asset managers in operating and managing their building and energy infrastructure assets. It focuses on the design and operation of hospitals taking into account future changes (climate and pandemics), and the impact of those changes on energy demand, renewable energy and demand response capability.

Project title Net-zero energy and resilient hospitals – Considerations of future climate, pandemics and demand management
Project number LLHC5
Project location Brisbane
Lead partner Queensland University of Technology
Project partners Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance
Project participants Queensland Children’s Hospital
Uniting Care
Mater Group
Start date 07/02/2022
End date 30/06/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding $72,222
Total project cost $226,546


The project addresses four gaps relating to energy use in hospital operations:

  • The impact of future climates on hospital indoor conditions and energy demand and consumption is unknown
  • The energy impact of pandemic mode of operating HVAC in hospitals is unknown
  • The impact of both of these, on net zero energy emissions and renewable energy utilisation is unknown
  • The potential for using hospital generator assets for electricity market participation is unknown.


Building simulation will be used to model two hospitals and simulate their thermal performance and heating/cooling energy use under current and future weather files. Simulations will encompass 10 locations around Australia. Data analysis will determine impact on renewable energy utilisation.

Similarly simulation will model the impact of pandemic mode ventilation requirements on typical hospital zones.

Market analysis will investigate opportunities for hospital participation in the electricity market utilising their generator assets.


The learnings from the project are expected to supplement and/or inform the Australian Health Facility Guidelines and other hospital and healthcare facility design and operation procedures. It is expected to result in the design of more resilient healthcare facilities; in refined HVAC operation to meet the healthcare needs of occupants whilst reducing onsite energy use and peak demand; in increasing renewable energy hosting capacity; and in increasing demand response/market participation by healthcare facilities.

Project reports

LLHC5 Net Zero Emissions and Resilient Hospitals – considerations of future climate, pandemics, and demand management
LLHC5 Knowledge sharing report
LLHC5 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 22/03/22