Keeping hospitals healthy
Healthcare buildings use 4 percent of all energy consumed in the United States, requiring a cross-functional approach to achieve energy savings. NEEA engages major hospitals and healthcare systems in rural and urban areas in the region to adopt strategic energy management (SEM) as a means to organize their approach and commitment to energy performance outcomes.
With SEM, energy management is more than a project, it’s a way of doing business that affects not just the energy performance of an existing healthcare facility, but also the energy goals and expectations they have for the design, construction, and post-occupancy results of their new buildings. As a result of NEEA’s work, over 40 percent of the region’s beds currently have service contracts with energy efficiency provisions related to their facility’s SEM plan.
NEEA collaborated with local utilities and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) on a campaign to engage hospital and healthcare facilities to actively benchmark and implement low- or no-cost improvements to their facilities. The campaign successfully engaged 30 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of hospitals in the region. Participating facilities worked towards a 10 percent reduction in energy use in 2011.