Healthcare facilities are the third most energy-intensive facility type in the United States, spending more than $9.7 billion on energy every year. In total, the sector constitutes 4 billion square feet of floorspace. Better Buildings Alliance Healthcare sector partners represent nearly 560 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.
More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
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.
Green Arrow Building Certification: Measuring Total Building Performance Implementation ModelWelltower, Inc developed a proprietary internal Green Arrow Building Certification (GABC) program that measures energy, water, waste, indoor air quality, and innovation. Most properties have seen a 1-12% energy use reduction. In 2016, GABC scores improved 22.5% and 29 additional buildings were certified.
Buildings That Never Sleep, Even When You Do: Energy Efficiency Solutions for Hotels and Hospitals PresentationIn this session, healthcare and hospitality partners shared cross-applicable solutions, including ways to engage employees and exciting technologies to keep guests or patients warm, cool, and well-lit.
Engage Building Occupants: How to Reduce Plug Load Energy Use 2016 Better Buildings SummitBetter Buildings Alliance partners shared how they reduced plug load energy use in their multi-tenant and higher education buildings using hardware, software, and behavioral messaging.
Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program Implementation ModelTo overcome the impending retirement of many skilled-trades workers and the need for a new generation of trained professionals that is familiar with modern, energy-efficient technology, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) developed its own Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program, accredited by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
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.
Developing an Energy Management Policy through Public-Private Partnership 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Improve water management and efficiency
- Build and educate a skilled workforce on energy and water efficient operations and standard operating procedures
- Showcase and encourage internal engagement on sustainability
Steering Committee Members
- Ken Hansen, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) (Co-Chair)
- Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center (Co-Chair)
- Pat Lydon, Legacy Health
- Shea Jameel, Welltower
- Edna Lorenz, Beaumont Health System
- Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack University Medical Center
- Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Corey Zarecki, Gundersen Health System
- Mary Statz, UW Health