IFHE 2024 > 15 – 17 October 2024 > Cape Town Convention Centre – South Africa




We’re “cutting the carbs”! Join your fellow healthcare facilities around the world in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s right — the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering with support of Mazzetti, a sustainable healthcare engineering and consulting firm, is hosting a global healthcare carbon challenge. The goal is to reduce GHG emissions across healthcare facilities, globally. Awards for “best in country” and “best in world” reductions will be awarded on stage at the IFHE’s Annual Congress in Capetown, South Africa in 2024. Join the challenge here.


Why enter the challenge?

In addition to the environmental benefit of reducing GHG emissions, participating facilities will benefit from recognition and PR, literally on a global stage. Awards will be distributed on stage at the IFHE’s Annual Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2024 and mentioned in a press release, IFHE Global Digest, and IFHE social media channels. Additionally, your facility will have continued access to a free energy and GHG emissions tracking tool during and beyond the challenge, to help you better measure and improve your respective reduction efforts.

What facilities are eligible to enter?

All facilities are eligible to enter. Any facility with a 5% or greater GHG emissions reduction, measured from 2021 as the baseline year and 2023 as the performance year, will be eligible for recognition.

How do I enter my facility?

Join the challenge here (a tracking application created and powered by Mazzetti). For facilities who participated in the previous Global Healthcare Energy Challenge, select ‘Returning Participants LOGIN’, as the data being tracked can be applied to this challenge. For new participants, select ‘New Participants REGISTER’ to quickly enter up one or more facilities in the challenge.

How are GHG emissions being calculated?

The IFHE Carbon Challenge is focused on scope 1 and scope 2 building emissions. The amount of energy (electricity, methane, chilled water, steam, fuel oils, etc.) used on site is tracked. Then, a standard carbon emissions factor will be applied to the quantity of energy utilized to determine carbon emissions. For electricity, the standard emission factor used will be based on the location of the facility. Participants can provide an updated emission factor where the standard emission factor does not apply. (e.g., If a facility is producing onsite renewables or is purchasing energy from clean sources, or if a participant has better local information than the standard factor, the participant can update the emission factor.) Since the total square footage, energy used and emission factors may change from time to time, the IFHE Carbon Application updates calculations based on updated factors. Note, the IFHE Carbon App

When does the challenge start and end?

The 2024 carbon challenge is comparing a baseline year to a performance year. Calendar year 2021 (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021) is the baseline year and calendar year 2023 (January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023) is the performance year. Slight modifications to the start and end of the baseline and performance year are made to accommodate billing periods as necessary.

How is my data protected?

Data is stored in the tracking application, powered by Mazzetti. Mazzetti servers are hosted in a highly secure, ISO/IEC 27001 certified cloud environment and are always up to date with the latest security patches. Their security configuration includes multiple levels of protection, including Network Security, Access Management, Treat Protection, and Information Protection/Encryption. They also use the latest SSL encryption technologies to protect your data in the application.

Data is not shared outside of the application.



The International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) in collaboration with South African Federation of Healthcare Engineering (SAFHE) is pleased to invite all parties that have recently undertaken, or been involved in, a building project in healthcare to enter the 2024 International IFHE Building Award Contest.

The award will be presented at the 28th IFHE Congress, which will be held in Cape Town South Africa from 15th -17th October 2024. This International Award focuses on healthcare buildings which represent a contribution to the 2024 Congress framework theme “Patient Centred Healthcare Engineering Design”. On this occasion the 2024 Congress of the IFHE confirms its role and commitment to bringing together international experts in Healthcare design, construction, operations, and maintenance. This International Building Award constitutes a unique occasion for design and construction managers to acquire visibility and obtain global recognition for their projects.

This international award was established at the IFHE Congress held in The Hague, Netherlands in April 2016, Brisbane, Australia in October 2018, and Toronto, Canada 2022. IFHE is pleased to be able to invite you to submit new building and refurbishment projects that meet the criteria of the Award.

Projects can be submitted from any healthcare sector and can be either new buildings or renovation projects. As a general rule, facilities from all healthcare sectors can be proposed in the competition. Healthcare facilities extend beyond hospitals so the International Building Award recognises the contribution of facilities such as residential care homes and other supported care living environments. The award also focuses on the holistic experience of not only patients and residents, but also their families and visitors, and the staff that provide human-centred care. In all cases, the projects considered for the award will be the ones realised and completed in or after 2020 and the buildings must be in operation when they are proposed for the Contest. The International Building Award aims to recognise the importance of the design of healthcare facilities.

For the IFHE International Building Award 2024, entrants are required to comply with the following criteria:

  • Design for physical health & wellbeing — This could include elements such as the provision of natural and artificial lighting, air quality, acoustics, hygiene and occupant comfort.
  • Design for mental health & wellbeing — This focuses on how the building supports the mental health and wellbeing of its occupants.
  • Design for accessibility — Encouraging participation of a range of occupant types including those with psychological needs as well as those with physical needs.
  • Encouragement of independence — giving patients or residents the ability to make choices, particularly relating to balancing social interaction and privacy.
  • Design for functionality for everyday activities — focusing on the experience of staff and visitors as well as patients or residents.
  • Contribution to urban context — the interaction with and contribution to the community surrounding the facility.
  • Environmental sustainability — addressing the impact of the construction as well as the operation of the building.
  • Design innovation and contribution to best practice — highlighting how the building has contributed to new knowledge about the design, construction or operation of healthcare facilities.
  • Sustainability characteristics — the project must propose innovative solutions with regard to sustainability of the building, especially measures for energy saving and eventual use of renewable energy sources, water saving methods, intelligent waste disposal or re-use procedures.
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