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EEG chosen to undertake the Energy Audit & Environmental Transition Study of RHUH, the largest public hospital in Lebanon

EEG is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to undertake the Energy Audit and Environmental Transition Study of RHUH, the largest public hospital in Lebanon. An ICRC project. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) is a public independent establishment under the custody of the Ministry of Public Health. It is the largest Lebanese public hospital as it sits over a land of 46,227 m2. The hospital includes a main building where all medical services are gathered and 5 auxiliary buildings which include dorms, OPD, and nursing school. The main building is a 7th-floor infrastructure (+1 mechanical roof) with around 67,000m of built-up area The other auxiliary buildings represent a total floor area of 16,350m2. RHUH has a total capacity today of 695 beds and offers medical services to all, with a mandate to admit every life-threatening case.  

RHUH- Architectural rendering (Up) - General View (Down )

Since the beginning of its operation, RHUH faced several crises which lead to a severe deterioration of its various infrastructure and facilities between 2009 and 2016.

In 2016, the ICRC started supporting the hospital by addressing essential services and environmental needs by intervening in its infrastructures and installations. The partnership between both entities aims at promoting access to quality healthcare for the most vulnerable population within a renovated, functional, and sustainably maintained hospital facility.

It is with this background that ICRC launched a tender for the ‘Energy Audit and Environmental Transition Study of RHUH’ with the main objective of improving the energy efficiency and associated running cost of the hospital .  

As energy remains one of the cornerstones for the smooth running of the facility, this study aims at providing the ICRC and RHUH management with avenues to address energy sustainability and environmental transition, to eventually:

-      Improve the resilience of the hospital in terms of power sources, alternatives, and redundancy;

-      Reduce energy-associated expenditures, with the identification of energy saving measures;

-      Recommend managerial and behavioral practices having an impact on energy consumption;

-      Improve the hospital environmental impact and carbon footprint;

Within the frame of this energy audit and environmental transition study, EEG mission is expected to focus on both the building services/installations and the building fabric/envelop having an impact on energy and environmental matters. Furthermore, the mission shall analyze behavioral practices having an impact on energy consumption.

The project is devised in three stages with the following Outputs:

  • Output 1: Impact of major alterations made to the hospital since 2016
  • Output 2: Energy Survey and Analysis (ASHRAE Energy Audit Level-2)
  • Output 3: Detailed Energy Audit (ASHRAE Energy Audit level-3)

EEG has already initiated the project and is closely working with both ICRC and RHUH teams. The expected time of the project is a total of 24 weeks.


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