New public health infrastructure to be all-electric
With immediate effect, significant changes have been made to the rules guiding the design and construction of new public health facilities, and other government-owned facilities.
As part of the Victorian’s Government’s commitment to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all new State Government projects that have not yet reached the design stage must be all-electric.
This measure aligns with the government's overarching sustainability goals and underscores our collective responsibility to safeguard the environment and ensure the well-being of future generations.
By transitioning to all-electric buildings, we take a crucial step towards achieving our climate targets while simultaneously promoting the health and prosperity of the communities we serve.
How we are supporting Victorian health services
The Victorian Health Building Authority is well-prepared for the transformational shift to all-electric public hospitals. Our 'Guidelines for sustainability in healthcare capital projects' already require all-electric infrastructure for facilities under 10,000 square meters and for other facilities to include a plan to transition away from natural gas.
In addition, over the past few years we’ve progressed all-electric designs for all feasibility studies for new projects, regardless of their size. This puts the health system in a favourable position to apply this policy to our significant healthcare infrastructure pipeline.
Which health infrastructure projects are impacted?
All infrastructure projects in the early planning phase will need to meet the requirements of this new policy.
Health services making a submission to the 2023-24 Regional Health Infrastructure Fund are encouraged to review your submissions to align with this new policy.
Projects that are at an advanced design stage, or already under construction are unaffected by the new rules and do not require any adaptations.
Our project teams will work closely with health services in the early planning phase.
Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to reach out to your nominated VHBA contact or our Environmental Sustainability team at: email@example.com