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New Guide: Advanced Energy Retrofits for Healthcare Facilities

By Building Technologies Office


What are the most effective retrofit measures that both small outpatient facilities and large hospitals can take – at any stage of the retrofit process – to produce measurable energy savings for years to come? 

Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide: Healthcare Facilities (September 2013), commissioned by the Building Technologies Office (BTO), answers this question. The guide is designed for facility energy managers looking to raise the effi¬ciency of their buildings and generate strong financial returns.

Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities offers:

•Guidance for kick-starting the retrofit process and maintaining momentum throughout the project life cycle, including planning, designing, and implementing energy improve¬ment projects.

•Practical methodologies, diverse case studies, and objective evaluations of the most promising retro-commissioning and retrofit measures for healthcare facilities.  

•Direction for addressing barriers, such as limited capital and competition for resources; shortage of actionable information; and lack of specific, integrated design methods adapted to healthcare facilities. 

U.S. healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion/year on energy (Benz and Rygielski 2011). The healthcare sector, including hospitals and outpatient centers, is one of the most energy-intensive market segments. In fact, healthcare facilities’ energy use intensity (EUI) is nearly three times that of typical commercial buildings. Retro-commissioning and retrofit measures offer significant opportunities for energy savings. Download the guide.

Additional resources for planning energy retrofits:  

The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) are part of a BTO’s how-to series offering general project planning guidance, as well as detailed descriptions and financial payback metrics for the most relevant energy efficiency measures (EEMs). The guides provide a roadmap for implementing performance improvements in existing buildings.

•Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Office Buildings  (October 2011)

•Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Retail Buildings (October 2011) 

•Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Grocery Stores (June 2012)

•Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for K-12 Schools (February 2013) 

Read more about the AERG series from the BTO Commercial Buildings Integration program