Building Operating Management: How Hospitals Can Achieve Net-Zero Energy

Historically high energy users, hospitals do have a pathway to net-zero energy. These tips and real-world case studies illustrate how.

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This is an excerpt from Building Operations Management.

Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive facilities. Anchors for help and healing, they are a vital foundation for science and life. Large in size and capacity, hospitals address diverse needs that require round-the-clock use. This means inevitable energy use which often results in lofty and overlooked consumption.

Motivated to reduce operating costs and support sustainability goals, hospitals are investing in projects to reduce energy consumption. If a hospital can trim its energy use by 20 percent, the existing equipment can last longer and, in the event of an extended utility interruption, the hospital can help more patients while on emergency power. Reduced energy consumption also avoids emissions from traditional energy sources which cause climate change and have quantifiable health impacts. In the world of healthcare, for a hospital to “first, do no harm,” the hospital should be a net-zero building.

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About the Authors

Manus McDevitt, PE, CCP, CPMP, HPBDP, LEED AP, is a Principal at HGA.

Peter Dahl, PhD, LEED AP BD+C & O+M, CEM, is Director of Sustainable Operations at HGA.