Hospital Copa Star is known for a number of things, but mainly for its building. Even though it is concrete that has been used here, but there have been a lot advances in technology that have made it better. The Copa Star has made use of the Penetron System. In this, crystalline technology is used in order to enhance the overall performance of the concrete being used and increase its life span.
The hospital Copa Star aims for energy efficiencies by carefully selecting its building materials. This way the hospital is able to accumulate savings through power consumption throughout the facility. In its Sustainability Report, it cites the connection of energy consumption throughout the hospital system of which the Copa Star is an example of excellence.
As per this report, the energy consumption in hospital plants will be linked to the operation of all its systems. This is because energy usage in a hospital will be occurring through heating, air conditioning, lighting in addition to water pumping, medical equipment besides elevators. There are a lot of direct energy consumption parameters. These would include the fuel being used in supplying of electric power generators. There is a lot of indirect energy being provided in the form of electricity to the public utilities.
Hospital Copa Star has an efficient design that contributes to reducing its energy usage. This happens through a number of processes that are aimed towards reducing energy consumption.
The architectural beauty of Copa Star is through its ventilated façade. This contributes to its aesthetic value as well as to the beauty of its surrounding community. This is also a highly practical function in terms of energy conservation. Creating an air cavity inside this façade has led to a ventilation system that helps to limit gain in thermal heat. Simultaneously it also helps to expel hot air this way. This also helps to reduce the demand on HVAC systems in order to treat outdoor air. This helps to contribute significantly towards energy savings. Read more at SSC Magazine about Hospital Copa Star.
Concrete has a tendency to crack in certain circumstances. This can lead to an intrusion of water inside the porous material. Using of Penetron chemicals helps to strengthen it by offering an alternative. This product is able to trigger a reaction with minerals that are present in concrete and form chemical structures which contain insoluble crystals. The product seeps into the concrete and strengthens it from deep inside. It also allows the building to breathe. Any buildup of vapor pressure tends to get avoided this way. The underground structures of Copa Star have made extensive use of this crystalline technology of Penetron.
This material has been able to meet challenges in this five-floor project. These challenges include having a tight space for construction as there are limitations regarding the height of the building.