Powell Fenwick completed the mechanical, hydraulic and Green Star Accredited Professional engineering services for the Forté Health building. The Forté Health building achieved a 4 Star rating and was the first building to achieve a Custom Tool rating in New Zealand. Further to this, it was also the first medical facility to achieve a Green Star rating and only the third in Australasia.
Powell Fenwick worked very closely with the NZGBC to develop this first custom tool. This was all completed and the rating achieved in conjunction with a fast track design and construction process where the Green Star design tool work only commenced at the early stages of construction. The whole hospital project including design, consenting, construction and commissioning was completed in less than two years. Green Star energy modelling demonstrated that the building energy consumption was approximately 30% lower than a typical hospital design due to the various design approaches including air source hot water heat pump heating and heat recovery systems on the larger fresh air systems.