As of 1 February 2021, we became the Victorian Health Building Authority (formerly VHHSBA), a branch of the Department of Health (DH). This website will be updated to reflect the changes to the Victorian Government.
These guidelines provide advice and information on how to build sustainable and resilient buildings. They are relevant to all stakeholders involved in the design, construction and refurbishment of healthcare facilities.
Sustainable and resilient healthcare buildings offer many benefits including:
lower environmental impacts
lower operating costs
healthier healing and working environment for patients, visitors and staff.
The sustainability guidelines are applicable to all healthcare capital works delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority. This includes new builds, retrofits and refurbishments.
All capital projects delivered by public hospitals and health services must meet the business as usual requirements outlined in Appendix 2 of the guidelines. Public hospitals and health services that fund and deliver projects directly are encouraged to apply the 2.5 per cent sustainability allowance for items above the business as usual requirements.
The guidelines have been developed specifically for Victorian public healthcare capital works but may be applicable to other public and private healthcare capital works across Australia.
Overview of Guidelines for sustainability in capital works:
Integrating universal design in capital works
Sustainability principles for capital works
Hospitals are healing environments
Passive design is paramount
Resource use is minimised
Hospitals are resilient to climate change
What does a sustainable healthcare facility look like?
Delivering sustainable healthcare buildings
Business as usual requirements
Carbon and water design targets
Transitioning to electric buildings
Engaging sustainability consultants
Engaging the VHBA sustainability unit
Appendix 1: Climate resilience in capital works
Appendix 2: Business as usual requirements
Systems, processes and guidance
Indoor environment quality
Materials specification and selection
Waste and resource recovery
Ecology and landscaping
Emissions to land, water and air
Appendix 3: Guidance for using the sustainability allowance
Appendix 4: Environmental data management system requirements
Appendix 5: Data acquisition from embedded solar PV
Guidelines for sustainability in capital works (PDF)