Siemens has finished installing a leading-edge HVAC system in the new S-building which has extended the ASZ, general city hospital, campus in Aalst in Belgium. The building technology experts have also supplied the CCTV and access control systems. All air conditioning, ventilation and security functions have been brought together in the Siemens management system, Desigo CC. This makes it much easier to operate for both healthcare personnel and patients, thereby providing more comfortable rooms and reducing energy consumption at the same time. Siemens is therefore helping the A.S.Z. in Aalst to meet the Belgian Supreme Council of Health's increasingly stringent The healthcare profession is under more pressure than ever. It has to reconcile patient expectations regarding security and quality of care with compliance with increasingly complex energy regulations.Building technologies such as air conditioning play an increasingly crucial role. This was certainly the case when designing the new S-building (an extension to the ASZ campus in Aalst), which includes a cardiovascular and interventional center, a clinical laboratory, an outpatient clinic and an intensive care unit with 18 patient rooms. Siemens has provided the HVAC solutions.In the S wing, the air conditioning, lighting and blinds are managed via a single, unique Desigo CC system developed by Siemens. It simplifies air conditioning and makes it easier to operate throughout the entire annex.Energy management is also entirely centralized in the Desigo CC. Movement and light sensors linked to the management system lead to considerable energy savings. The Siemens weather station on the hospital's roof has also been connected to the Desigo CC to allow smart control of the blinds and air conditioning.The CCTV and access control solutions have also been provided by Siemens, from monitoring all entrances and exits to autonomous monitoring of patients in intensive care, for example, where images are not recorded in order to respect privacy.