Buildings are responsible for as much as 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; improving the ongoing operation and maintenance of the present building stock is essential to achieving carbon reduction goals. In addition, hospitals are often major potable water consumers in their communities. Facilities Management covers energy and water efficiency measures, metering resource use, retrofits, commissioning, and emissions reporting. It also covers renewable energy implementation. Because this work intersects directly with Green Building, users are encouraged to review Green Building resources for information on this topic.
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering is dedicated to optimizing the healthcare physical environment.
Healthy Building Network
Dedicated to transforming the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. They offer a range of resources, fact sheets and reports on the environmental and health issues associated with the manufacture, use and disposal of contemporary building materials.
Energy Smart Hospitals: Creating Energy Efficient High Performance Hospitals (2009)
In EnergySmart Hospitals and the Hospital Energy Alliance, the Department of Energy (DOE) is promoting the resources, tools, and strategies that our nation’s hospitals must have to identify clear pathways to cost and energy savings through efficient and renewable energy technology applications for both new and existing facilities. They author a series of reports and publications relevant to both new buildings and retrofits.
Health Care Construction: Breaking Green Ground (2009)
Facilitiesnet on-line magazine. This five-part series looks at operating and maintaining green hospital facilities.
Healthcare Energy Guidebook (2004)
The American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). This guidebook profiles the U.S. healthcare market on size and energy-related characteristics and provides energy benchmarking data that can be used to make meaningful comparisons between healthcare facilities. The intent of the guidebook is to provide assessment of practices, methodologies, and technologies being applied for the purpose of improving energy efficiency in hospitals.
Industry Expert Shares Advice on Energy Savings and Smart Hospital Operation: An Interview with Mike Hatten (2009)
This interview profiles experience of an engineer who conducts assessments of hospitals for energy conservation potential.
Strategic Energy Management Planning: A Guide
The SEMP is a long-term, organization-wide approach to high performance. It focuses on energy but can also be applied to other areas — toxics, water and more. Who’s doing it? Providence, PeaceHealth, Swedish, Legacy, Willamette Falls, and more…. See this Guide for Hospitals prepared by Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance/ Better Bricks, which includes a step-by-step listing of tools and resources as well as case studies from Pacific Northwest hospitals.