DALI for Lighting Control at Taranaki Base Hospital

  • Sector: Healthcare | Hospital
  • Solution: zencontrol DALI-2 system
  • Status: Design Stage
  • End Client: Te Whata Ora Health New Zealand | Taranaki Base Hospital
  • Builder: Leighs Construction
  • Engineer: Beca
  • Architect: Warren & Mahoney
  • Electrical Contractor: HEL Rimu
  • Controls Specialist(s): Andrew Thompson | Ian Rose

DALI for Lighting Control for Taranaki Base Hospital, New Plymouth

The DALI for lighting and integration with mechanical services forms part of the sustainability design for the New East Wing Building (NEWB) at Taranaki Base Hospital and contributed to the 5 Green Star Design and As-Built NZ v1.0 certified Design Review rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).  This New Plymouth project is the first public health building to receive the accolade.

To receive a Green Star rating, the NEWB design was assessed against 28 different criteria including air quality, daylight, thermal comfort, acoustics, greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, resilience to climate change and earthquakes, transportation, water use, building materials, waste reduction measures, and project management. The resulting high score, and 5 Green Star rating signifies a commitment to best practice design that creates healthy, comfortable, sustainable spaces.

Once NEWB has been completed (early 2025), it will be assessed again against the Green Star standard for construction with once again, a target of achieving 5-star certification.

This new, 20,000m2 six-storey building is part of the redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth and will house acute services including the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Maternity, Birthing/Neonatal, Radiology, and Laboratories. It will also include a roof-top helipad.

Once it was specified DALI for lighting (as per the AU/NZ lighting control standard) it was logical that a DALI-2 zencontrol system would best suit the specific requirements for this new hospital wing.

The 6 levels of the new East Wing building will contain 100+ DALI networks.

The zencontrol hardware will include: more than 100 controllers, 900 sensors, and hundreds of switches including push buttons, rotary dimmers, RGB scene sets, and LCD smart panels.

The DALI for lighting control system will be integrated into the mechanical services system to provide occupancy indication as part of the sustainability design.

Integration into the Nurse Call system will allow patients control of bedhead lighting, with the ability for staff to override the lights from the Nurse Call handset.

Radiology areas will have the ability to set RGB lighting to create a low-stimulus calming environment.