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06/17/2010

Design Strategies Offer Hospitals an Improved Environmental Footprint and Healthier Workplace

A new study identifies low-cost solutions to reducing 60 percent of a hospital’s energy use

 
Design Strategies Offer Hospitals an Improved Environmental Footprint and Healthier Workplace

All sectors of the medical industry are tackling issues of sustainability as care providers continue to be asked to do more with less. Last month at CleanMed, over 800 healthcare industry professionals addressed critical environmental issues. The study, titled “Targeting 100! Envisioning the high performance hospital: Implications for a new, low energy, high performance prototype,” represents the ongoing push to green America's hospitals and build healthier communities.

Tackling energy reduction in hospitals, which use about 2.5 times the amount of energy as a similar-sized commercial building and emits approximately 18,000 tons of CO2 annually, is challenging due to a 24-hour operating schedule, health-related guidelines, and extra commitments on air filtration/circulation and humidity.

The most salient outcome of the study is the identification of a process that brings together architectural, mechanical and central plant systems to deliver significant efficiencies. These strategies include heat recovery, daylighting, and thermal energy storage, which when integrated at the very beginning, can reduce up to 60 percent of a new hospital's energy use. This approach has been modeled for energy use as well as cost of construction and can be implemented for less than three percent of the total project's cost, a fee that is expected to be recouped through energy savings and utility incentives within the first five-to-eight years of a building's life. 

"The research shows we can integrate these strategies into most new and renovated hospital projects with little cost implications, which eliminates the need for our clients to decide between reducing CO2 emissions and buying an MRI," says Duncan Griffin, NBBJ's healthcare energy specialist and one of the lead researchers on the study.

To view the fact sheet for the study, please visit: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/Energy_in_Healthcare_Fact_Sheet_FINAL_5.12.10.pdf

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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