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Modelling Tools and Calculators


2007savings2007 Savings By Design Healthcare Modeling Procedures

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison. 22 pp. This tool assists design teams in estimating baseline energy consumption as well as proposed design energy.

Energy Impact Calculator

Based on U.S. EPA analysis of health impacts of power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and mercury, the Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator (EIC) estimates premature deaths, chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, emergency room visits and more, by kilowatt hour per year. The EIC displays the projected number of incidents, estimates of medical treatment costs, their external societal costs, and the likely emissions permit costs for the green house gas carbon dioxide.

EnergyStar® Benchmarking and Performance Tools

These Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tools and products facilitate energy efficiency and demand reduction in both new buildings and existing facility portfolios. The website contains a range of resources, from fact sheets to case studies, as well as these specific tools and calculators.

Portfolio Manager

An interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Use Portfolio Manager to identify under-performing buildings to target for energy efficiency improvements and establish baselines for setting and measuring progress for energy efficiency improvement projects over time.

Target Finder

Enables architects and building owners to set energy targets and receive an EPA rating for projects during the design process. Projects that earn a rating of 75 or higher are eligible for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR certification and can be submitted for the ENERGY STAR Challenge.

Greenhealth Tracker

Practice Greenhealth’s environmental data tracking tool helps you understand hospital waste volumes, how disposal dollars are being spent and organizes information by each type of waste.

greenscreenGreen Screen for Safer Chemicals

The Green Screen for Safer Chemicals is a chemical screening method to help move society quickly and effectively toward the use of greener and safer chemicals. The Green Screen is the first open source tool to identify substances that are inherently less hazardous for humans and the environment. At the foundation of the Green Screen method are the Principles of Green Chemistry and the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for Environment (DfE) program. The Green Screen addresses many of the principles of green chemistry through its focus on hazard reduction.

pharosPharos Project

The Pharos Project is a collaborative initiative of organizations including the Healthy Building Network, the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, and Cascadia Green Building Council. The Pharos Project connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value on the path to sustainability. Pharos is information; the critical health and environmental data about the manufacture, use, and end of life of building materials specified and used every day all delivered in an easy to use web based tool.

prescriptivepathA Prescriptive Path to Energy Efficiency Improvements for Hospitals

This report is a peer-reviewed methodology for hospitals greater than 70,000 ft2  to achieve a 14% energy efficiency improvement over ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 in all U.S. climate zones. It points to eleven efficiency measures proven to reduce large health care facilities’ energy use by 14% better than 90.1-2004 and 10% better than 90.1-2007. Compliance is designed to qualify projects to earn two points through the LEED Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance. This methodology is adopted in v2.2 of the Green Guide.
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RIPPLE Database

rippleThe Center for Health Design’s open source, searchable database containing useable and relevant information to help you to learn more about evidence based and sustainable design. As the database grows, you will be able to compare design decisions made by multiple health systems and see the results of those decisions. In addition, you can Interact with your colleagues to discuss ways to use this information and leverage current and anticipated exemplary practices to design your hospital of the future.

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