Healthcare buildings and districts are among the top EU priorities for Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) since they play a key factor for a sustainable community, but their energy use and carbon emission are among the highest of all building types. Take for example a typical hospital building that is part of a region's healthcare real estate. It uses 2.5 times more energy than an office in average. In the EU, there are around 15,000 hospitals producing 250 million tones of carbon a year. The energy consumption of a hospital building can exceed energy consumption of 20,000 homes. In almost every European city, there is at least one healthcare-related building, which greatly affects the energy performance of the entire city.
Within Streamer we have worked together with 20 companies and healthcare institutions from different EU countries. DEMO has led the work package that focuses on the development of BIM-related ICT solutions, namely:
- linking BIM to lifecycle costing, building management systems (GBS), facility management (FM) and maintenance systems;
- decision-supporting tool for the design phase in relation to the management phase, with a specific focus on energy performance;
- methodology for developing and monitoring adjustable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Streamer is a research project in which companies worked together with the aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions of new and renovated buildings in healthcare regions in the EU by 50% over the next 10 years. This research project was co-financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. In the course of the project, the generated results are published on the Streamer website and the final results became available after the completion of the project in 2017.