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Productivity and efficient resource utilisation

One of the key reasons for building new hospitals is to continue to maintain a high level of productivity and resource utilisation in the Danish hospital system. These goals have to be achieved during the construction process and in relation to future operations.

High productivity and efficient resource utilisation can be achieved in daily operations via two different factors – one directly related to the physical building, and a second related to operation of the hospitals' core services such as diagnosis, treatment and care.


The buildings must be constructed so they produce the lowest possible CO2 emissions during daily operations. Building flexibility is also key to efficient operations. This means it has to be easy to change furnishings and expand or reduce functions in response to future treatment and care needs.


Efficient operation of the hospitals' core services of diagnosis, treatment and care can be supported to a great extent by the buildings' physical interior design.


Principles for productivity and efficient resource utilisation

  • The projects must be organised and managed professionally, with a focus on efficient resource utilisation throughout the construction process.
  • The architecture must be flexible so that it can accommodate future needs for expansion or contraction and new working methods, technologies and forms of organisation as far as possible.
  • Clear goals for expected operational improvements in terms of productivity, quality and service should be set and communicated in connection with the construction projects.
  • Hospital interior design, including placement of the clinical and support functions, should support efficient procedures and work organisation and coherent patient treatment.
  • The projects present an opportunity to evaluate the options for greater automation of work processes in order to free up resources for treatment and care.
  • The local plan should support a resource-optimised and flexible distribution of operating theatres and wards between departments and functions.
  • Room design should support flexible applications for operating theatres and wards so they can be used for a range of different treatments and activities.
  • For the sake of sustainability, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly materials and energy supply should be chosen during procurement and construction.