Healthcare facilities spend more than $9.7 billion on energy annually and are one of the most energy-intensive building types. Better Buildings Alliance Healthcare sector partners represent nearly 490 million square feet of space, collectively saving 12 trillion BTU of energy 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.
More than 350 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 380 trillion Btus and an estimated $3.1 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Slide decks from the 2018 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.
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.
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.
Continuous Energy Oversight Saves $400,000 Annually at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Solutions at a GlanceHackensack University Medical Center uses continuous energy monitoring with predictive analysis to save $400,000 annually.
Financial Literacy for Retail Curriculum Online Library/ResourceBBA Affiliate RILA is offering free training modules focused on Financial Literacy for Retail. There are 2 courses: Finance 101 and Finance 201. Developed with support from Better Buildings and DOE, these e-learnings will help those in the retail sector who want to know more about financing and value as they relate to sustainability.
Campus Engagement and Workforce Development to Achieve 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.
Solution at a Glance
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 Developing a Water Management Plan and 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 Guide to Healthcare Energy Management.
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 Guide For Healthcare Facilities
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:
- Strengthening internal engagement: developing a supportive culture for energy efficiency throughout healthcare systems & communication strategies for obtaining high-level buy-in for energy efficiency projects
- Researching and highlighting funding strategies for energy and infrastructure projects
- Making the case for the water efficiency
Steering Committee Members
- Edna Lorenz, Beaumont Health System (Chair)
- Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center
- Pat Lydon, Legacy Health
- Shea Jameel, Welltower
- Kyle Tafuri, Hackensack Meridian Health
- Jon Utech, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- Corey Zarecki, Gundersen Health System
- Mary Statz, UW Health
- Darren Dageforde, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
- James Symanski, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- Walt Vernon, ASHE