High Performance Healthcare Buildings: A Roadmap to Improved Energy Efficiency

TitleHigh Performance Healthcare Buildings: A Roadmap to Improved Energy Efficiency
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBrett C Singer, William F Tschudi
Pagination5264-69
InstitutionLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
CityBerkeley
Abstract

This document presents a road map for improving the energy efficiency of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The report compiles input from a broad array of experts in healthcare facility design and operations. The initial section lists challenges and barriers to efficiency improvements in healthcare. Opportunities are organized around the following ten themes: understanding and benchmarking energy use; best practices and training; codes and standards; improved utilization of existing HVAC designs and technology; innovation in HVAC design and technology; electrical system design; lighting; medical equipment and process loads; economic and organizational issues; and the design of next generation sustainable hospitals. Achieving energy efficiency will require a broad set of activities including research, development, deployment, demonstration, training, etc., organized around 48 specific objectives. Specific activities are prioritized in consideration of potential impact, likelihood of near- or mid-term feasibility and anticipated cost-effectiveness. This document is intended to be broad in consideration though not exhaustive. Opportunities and needs are identified and described with the goal of focusing efforts and resources.

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-2737E