Healthcare facilities use nearly 10% of the energy consumed by the commercial sector despite representing less than 5% of commercial floorspace, and the industry continues to grow. 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.
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University of Utah Health: Using RCx and EMIS to Optimize and Manage Performance Implementation ModelUniversity of Utah Health completed a retro-commissioning project and installed a building energy management information system (EMIS) to find 38% annual savings.
UNMC: Maurer Center for Public Health Showcase ProjectThe University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) made headway on their emissions-based goals by installing nearly 1,500 solar panels on several buildings on campus, including the Maurer Center for Public Health, finding 50% in energy savings.
Montefiore Medical Center: Waste Management Program Reduces Overall Waste & Cost Solutions at a GlanceMontefiore developed a comprehensive recycling program using waste audits and source generation methods to reduce and divert waste in operating rooms and throughout their medical campuses.
Kaiser Permanente: Santa Rosa Medical Office Building is a Zero-Energy First Solutions at a GlanceKaiser Permanente’s 87,300-square-foot Santa Rosa medical office building in California is the first to achieve net-zero status and the first demonstrated net-zero healthcare building in the U.S., with the ability to generate its own energy and use as little power as possible.
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.
Kaiser Permanente Pioneers California's First Medical Center Microgrid Implementation ModelKaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center was the first hospital in California to implement a microgrid that connects renewable energy and battery storage to a pre-existing, diesel-fueled backup power system in a hospital — as a result, the center stands to save an additional 2.63 MWh of energy per year, resulting in annual savings of $394,000.
UW Health: University Hospital Showcase ProjectUW Health saw an opportunity to curb University Hospital’s energy intensity through retro-commissioning after a successful project on their largest outpatient clinic yielded a 1-year payback, a 27% reduction in energy, and over $2 million in cost savings.
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.
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.
DaVita’s Top-User Water Efficiency/Management Program Solutions at a GlanceDaVita created the Top 150 Water Users program to identify and optimize high water users in an effort to reduce portfolio-wide dialysis center water consumption.
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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 on a quest to discover low-cost energy savings opportunities.
ASHRAE Health Care Facilities Resources
Review these guides and publications to reduce energy use at your hospital.
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.
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 members' 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.
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 resilience planning, including how to utilize microgrids.
- Support energy efficiency as a priority within shifts in healthcare services and a changing model of care, including increased focus on outpatient services, telemedicine, and mobile clinics.
- Demonstrate how utilizing data analytics and continuing research on co-benefits and occupant health can help inform decision making and make the business case for energy efficiency.
Steering Committee Members
- Edna Lorenz, Beaumont Health System (Co-chair)
- Jed Thompson, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) (Co-chair)
- Corey Zarecki, Gundersen Health System
- 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
- Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center
- Ryan Yetzer, Physicians Realty Trust