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Information for the community – Updated 23 May 2022
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Design Features

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This page will highlight some of the innovations that will be integrated in the design and build of the new Women's and Children's Hospital.

Environmentally Sustainable Design Features

The nWCH will be the first brand new hospital in Australia to be 100 percent electric.

The new, purpose-built hospital will be connected to an electricity source that is either supplied from the State's highly renewable electricity grid or through on-site electricity generation and storage, rather than through the State's mains gas network. This means the heating, hot water and kitchen functions within the new building will not be powered by fossil fuels.

The State Government's commitment to a 100 percent renewable electricity grid by 2030 and SA Water's zero emissions future will mean the nWCH will be the most sustainable major public hospital in Australia.

It is estimated that the all-electric nWCH will help avoid an additional 2,178 tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 700 vehicles off the road.

The nWCH will also include the following environmentally sustainable design features:

  • Capture and storage of rainwater and connection to recycled water supply for suitable uses (landscape watering, toilet flushing, building services)
  • Design for waste-to-landfill minimisation
  • High quality internal environment through access to nature and natural lighting to improve hospital amenity for staff and consumers
  • Resilient design including capacity to withstand projected climate change events

Low emissions building materials that are preferably locally made (minimising transportation emissions and stimulating the local economy).