Healthcare organizations spend more than $6.5 billion on energy each year, and the industry continues to be one of the fastest-growing in our economy. Better Buildings Healthcare sector partners represent nearly 490 million square feet of space, collectively saving $240 million since 2011. These leading healthcare organizations are developing strategic cost reduction programs to improve the environment of care for patients, employees, and their communities.
Team up with DOE’s exceptional network of staff and technical experts to determine energy savings goals, develop innovative cost effective energy solutions, and deploy efficient technologies and market practices.
To date, the 950+ Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $11 billion in energy and cost savings.
Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.
Gundersen Health System: Low-Energy Design and Renewable Energy at Sparta Clinic Solutions at a GlanceGundersen Health's Sparta Clinic consumes half the energy than the average outpatient medical clinic due to its low-energy design that targets energy efficiency and integration of renewables. As of 2018, the solar photovoltaic panels have produced more energy than the building has consumed establishing the clinic as an energy independent facility.
University Hospital Showcase ProjectUW Health saw an opportunity to curb University Hospital’s energy intensity through retro-commissioning after a successful 2012 project on their largest outpatient clinic yielded a 1-year payback.
Legacy Health: Leveraging Public-Private Partnership for Energy Management Solutions at a GlanceLegacy Health enrolled in Energy Trust of Oregon’s commercial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative for assistance in establishing a culture around energy savings at its facilities.
UNMC Utilizes Employee Engagement to Strive Towards Net Zero Goals Implementation ModelThe University of Nebraska Medical Center with its clinical partner Nebraska Medicine launched the LiveGreen Ambassadors Program, an employee engagement structure for volunteers passionate about incorporating sustainability into their role and department, to increase engagement and reach their ambitious net zero emissions, waste, and water goals by 2030.
Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN Campus Showcase ProjectMayo Clinic’s energy management guidelines include new construction and renovation energy use intensity targets using energy modeling and analysis, operations energy management strategies, and staff engagement procedures. Together these measures resulted in $4 million in total energy savings and a 20 percent total energy reduction.
UMMC Engages Leadership through ASHE Energy to Care Treasure Hunt Implementation ModelThe University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) partnered with the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) to host an Energy to Care Treasure Hunt and identify energy saving opportunities across UMMC's portfolio. The teams found $2.1 million in potential savings and engaged with executive leadership to roll out capital expenditure energy efficiency projects.
Solution at a Glance
Featured on the Beat Blog
- 2020 Summit: Dispatches from the Healthcare Sector
- Cleveland Clinic's Path to Better Buildings Goal Achievement
ASHE's (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) Energy to Care Treasure Hunts
Uncover significant energy savings through an Energy to Care Treasure Hunt - a 1-3 day event hosted by ASHE bringing together health care facilities professionals ona quest to discover low-cost energy savings opportunities.
ASHE Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals: The Value of Efficiency
This guide helps hospital facility managers explore options and understand the steps needed to harness the strategic power of sustainability.
ASHRAE Health Care Facilities Resources
Review these guides and publications to reduce energy use at your hospital.
ASHE Health Care Facility Management Fundamentals
Attend a two-day workshop for health care facility managers on the impact of the physical environment on patient outcomes and satisfaction.
ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Hospital and Healthcare Facilities
Developed by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Better Buildings Alliance for small hospitals and healthcare facilities up to 90,000 sq. ft. in size.
ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals
Developed by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Better Buildings Alliance for standard mid- to large-size hospitals, typically at least 100,000 sq. ft in size.
ASHE Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals – A Guide to Achieving Your Sustainability Goals
Developed by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) to address challenges to integrating sustainable practices into the healthcare environment. Offers resources on Developing a Water Management Plan and Getting Leadership Support.
Healthcare Fact Sheet
An ENERGY STAR resource to help healthcare industry members lower their operating costs and reinvest savings in patient care.
Health Care Climate Council Climate Action: A Playbook for Hospitals
This interactive tool developed by the Health Care Climate Council visually demonstrates climate impacts across a hospital and highlights examples of council memebers' solutions that are improving climate and health while saving money too.
Health Care Without Harm Report "Health Care & Climate Change: An Opportunity for Transformative Leadership"
This Healthcare Without Harm report offers detailed guidelines and case studies to help hospital leaders and facilities’ staff develop comprehensive strategies for energy efficiency and clean technology. Data from new and retrofitted hospitals demonstrate that energy savings of 30 to 50 percent are often readily achievable and that these projects are highly cost effective.
NREL REopt Lite™ web tool
The REopt Lite™ web tool evaluates the economics of grid connected photovoltaics (PV), wind, and battery storage at a site. It allows users to identify the system sizes and battery dispatch strategy that minimize a site’s life cycle cost of energy, and it estimates the amount of time a PV, wind, battery, and diesel generator system can sustain the site’s critical load during a grid outage.
U.S. DOE EERE Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.
U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program.
U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Healthcare Tools and Resources
ENERGY STAR resources for compiling best practices and guides for improving energy efficiency in your healthcare facility.
ASHRAE Zero Energy Design Guides
The Better Buildings Alliance Healthcare Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. This year, sector activities focus on the following priorities:
- Demonstrate energy efficiency and zero energy-ready design as strategies for energy resilience planning
- Support energy efficiency as a priority within shifts in healthcare services and a changing model of care
- Develop and share successful communication strategies for obtaining high-level buy-in for pursuing energy efficiency projects
Steering Committee Members
- Edna Lorenz, Beaumont Health System (Chair)
- Corey Zarecki, Gundersen Health System
- Darren Dageforde, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
- James Symanski, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Kara Brooks, American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
- Kirby Brendsel, Welltower
- Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack Meridian Health
- Mary Statz, UW Health
- Pat Lydon, Legacy Health
- Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center