Healthcare facilities are the third most energy-intensive facility type in the United States, spending more than $11 billion on energy every year. In total, the sector constitutes 4 billion square feet of floorspace. Better Buildings Alliance Healthcare sector partners represent nearly 528 million square feet of space, or 13% of the total market in the United States. These leading healthcare organizations are developing strategic cost reduction programs to improve the environment of care for patients, employees and their communities.
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Through the Better Buildings Alliance, over 200 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
Building owners and operators, energy managers, and directors are invited to join us for the Summit this May 15-17th. Sessions and workshops will be offered specifically for the commercial sector.
ILC Case Study: Cleveland Clinic Case StudyCleveland Clinic retrofitted 10,500 troffers with LEDs at its Lerner Research Center in Cleveland for an energy savings of 2.6 million kWh per year.
ILC Case Study: CHRISTUS Health Case StudyCHRISTUS Health cut lighting energy use 61% at St. Michael Hospital when they replaced fluorescent lamps with LEDs.
Parking Ramp Solar Array In Healthcare Case StudyGundersen Health System constructed one of the nation's first LEED parking structures for a hospital, complete with PV panels. As of 2014, the system is one of the first to offset 100 percent of its energy use with renewable energy.
Utility Financing Partnership for Hospitals Solutions at a GlanceIn search of a financing option with minimal capital investment by the hospital, HackensackUMC entered a strategic partnership with its utility company, who offers a Hospital Efficiency Program that allocates upfront funding for hospitals to implement energy efficiency projects.
Medical Plaza Showcase ProjectHackensack University Medical Center anticipates a 20% energy savings at the Medical Plaza ambulatory care facility due to a Building Automation System (BAS) upgrade, chiller plant optimization,campus-wide steam plant replacement, and strategical local utility partnership.
Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center Showcase ProjectCleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center implemented several low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures to ensure the building met LEED Gold certification expected performance.
University of South Alabama Medical Center Campus Showcase ProjectLeveraging the partnership with Alabama Power, USA Medical Center implemented a variety of efficiency measures across the medical campus that benefited the bottom line, improved overall energy and water efficiency, and maintained or improved patient and staff comfort.
Engaging Clinicians To Reduce Resource Use In Operating Rooms Implementation ModelCleveland Clinic Foundation ramped-up energy and water efficiency in operating rooms through staff engagement, targeted calls to action, and resource tracking.
Hillcrest Hospital Showcase ProjectWith prioritization of energy conservation initiatives and projects through a centralized action plan with engagement across all departments, leaders at Hillcrest Hospital have mobilized caregivers into hundreds of teams to think and act anew about making patient care more affordable.
Centralized Energy Management And Capital Set-Aside Fund Implementation ModelUPMC created an Energy Management and Engineering Department with a targeted skillset and a dedicated annual budget for energy efficiency improvements.
Gallery Walks Implementation ModelNew York-Presbyterian Hospital launched a retro-commissioning program that blends energy management with improving the quality of patient care for a holistic approach that engages all hospital staff.
Healthcare Fact Sheet
An ENERGY STAR resource to help healthcare industry members lower their operating costs and reinvest savings in patient care.
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 Getting Leadership Support.
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.
ASHE's (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) Energy to Care
Energy to Care is a free energy benchmarking and awards program for health care facility management professionals who want to provide value back to their organizations through energy savings. It gives users the opportunity to compare their energy reduction efforts to those of similar nearby facilities and to challenge each other to greater achievements. By achieving greater energy savings, hospitals can free up resources to support the organization’s mission of providing patients with the best care. The Energy to Care program also includes Awards that recognize hospitals for their energy efficiency achievements.
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.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) BetterBricks
NEEA’s repository of resources and tools for improving the operations and performance of buildings, including the Hospital Facility Investment Guide.
Join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge encourages nonprofits such as colleges, universities, and most recently hospital systems to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements.
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.
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.
U.S. DOE EERE ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.
U.S. DOE EERE Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, warehouses and retail buildings.
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.
ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004.
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.
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:
- Integrating renewable energy at healthcare facilities
- Leveraging utility offerings, including incentives and automatic benchmarking
- Addressing the energy/water nexus
Steering Committee Members
- Ken Hansen, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) (Co-Chair)
- Pat Lydon, Legacy Health (Co-Chair)
- Karen Darcangelo, Welltower
- Aaron Karp, Sustainable Endowments Institute
- Dan Lilly, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Edna Lorenz, Beaumont Health System
- Jim Moxley, HealthSouth
- Roberto Nuñez, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center
- Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack University Medical Center
- Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Corey Zarecki, Gundersen Health System