The world’s first hospital designed to the Passive House Standard is currently under construction in the Frankfurt district of Hoechst, and is making good progress. The hospital’s building shell has already been completed, and interior finishing is now underway. The construction of this highly energy efficient hospital should be completed by 2019, followed by a test phase lasting several months before the building goes into full operation. The Passive House Institute in Darmstadt has been advising on the project since the design phase and will continue with its consultancy services throughout the entire duration of construction work.
The future hospital building is 143 metres long and over 23 metres tall; besides the basement and ground floor, there are a further six storeys. The new building will have 664 beds and further capacity for 40 beds in the outpatient clinic. Ten operating rooms and one hybrid operating theatre for minimally invasive surgery are foreseen for the first floor.