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Hospitals, Healthcare, Labs, and Medical/Dental Facilities

Hospital, laboratory, and medical/dental office energy use is dominated by the need to condition air for proper temperature and humidity conditions and to maintain safe and healthy environments by exhausting potentially hazardous air. Integrated energy efficiency design can reduce the high energy costs associated with these systems while meeting the demands of these specialized building types.


  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 18, 2014
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    e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances

    New Sources & Controls... Through the past 20 years, new lighting technologies have been a major driver of increasing energy efficiency in buildings. Lighting specifiers and consumers have embraced CFLs, LEDs, and other highly efficient lighting options. How can even more efficiency savings be mined from the lighting end use?

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  • e-News #93: Improving Title 24 Compliance - CBECC-Com
    June 10, 2014
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    e-News #93: CBECC-Com

    CBECC-Com, or California Building Energy Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings is the open-source energy modeling program that allows architects, engineers, and energy consultants to demonstrate compliance with California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Standards) that go into effect on July 1, 2014.

    The first certified version of the software was released in September 2013, with ongoing development and new features added...

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  • e-News #92: Evolution of LEED v4
    March 14, 2014
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    e-News #92: LEED v4

    LEED v4 places increased emphasis on building performance. The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System.

    LEED v4 sets the bar higher for manufacturers of building materials, encouraging them to reduce environmental impacts and health hazards associated with material ingredients. Rating systems have been adapted for twenty-one additional market sectors that formerly faced barriers to LEED certification, including data centers, warehouses & distribution centers, and hospitality. LEED v4 introduces several new concepts, including IDP, BUG, LCA, EPD, and HPD. If these acronyms are not in your LEED lexicon...

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  • e-News #91: Title 24 2013 Update
    November 23, 2013
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    e-News #91: Title 24 2013

    The 2013 Title 24 Standards have undergone a number of changes to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. In addition to increased stringency, the Standards have increased in scope to include requirements for covered processes -- data centers, laboratories, kitchen exhaust systems, parking garages -- and they have increased in extent to include commissioning requirements and
    additional acceptance test requirements for systems and components. A few of the many key changes to the 2013 Standards follow.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Exterior Lighting
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential HVAC Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Fenestration
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Cool Roofs
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • e-News #90: Fuel Cells
    October 29, 2013
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    e-News #90: Fuel Cells

    Fuel Cells Fuel Alternative Energy Options. A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel – most commonly hydrogen – into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Although many might think of fuel cells as batteries, they are not. Fuel cells require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to operate, and they can produce electricity for as long as fuel and oxygen are provided.

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  • e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
    December 16, 2012
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    e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting

    We need light outdoors at night for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience, including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night sky.

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  • Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidebook, Volume I
    July 9, 2012
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    Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidelines

    The HVAC Simulation Guidebook Volume I (2nd Edition) has been updated to cite new research and reflect recent changes in the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 2008). It contains three chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to simulate the following advanced HVAC technologies:

    • Underfloor Air Distribution
    • Energy Efficient Chillers
    • Advanced Control Sequences
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  • e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
    October 21, 2010
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    e-News #76: Vertical Transportation

    Elevators in modern buildings are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and some design considerations.

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  • e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power
    July 30, 2010
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    e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power

    A building may contain a vast array of efficiency measures, or it may be old and inefficient. Either way, the electricity used in the building will likely be produced with inherent inefficiencies. The efficiency of fossil fuel based electricity production averages 34% (although new combined cycle plants can exceed 50% efficiency). The ultimate efficiency of any building pulling electricity from the grid is limited by that number.

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  • Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency
    June 13, 2010
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    Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency

    Though more costly to install and more complicated to operate, a chiller plant offers a number of benefits over simple packaged cooling units, including greater energy efficiency, better controllability, and longer life.

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Advanced Energy Design Guide - Hospitals: 50% over 90.1-2004

ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)

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This guide was created for a "standard" mid- to large-size hospital, typically at least 100,000 ft2 in size, but the strategies apply to all sizes and classifications of large hospitals (May 2012 240 pages).

Case Study: High-Performance Laboratories

Pacific Gas & Electric

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This guide describes several energy efficiency strategies for designing and equipping laboratories, which typically consume 5 to 10 times more energy per square foot than typical office buildings.

Advanced Energy Design Guide - Healthcare: 30% over 90.1-1999

ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)

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For small hospital & healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft2 in size, which require a wide variety of heating and air-conditioning equipment. Options for daylighting, an important cost-saving measure, are included (2009 198 pages).

Palo Alto Medical Clinic

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation received a PG&E energy audit and joined PG&E's demand response program, resulting in a number of rebates and incentives, and an overall reduction in energy costs.

Case Study: Allergan

Southern California Edison

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Irvine-based global specialty pharmaceutical company Allergan won Flex Your Power awards in 2004 and 2005 through promoting energy awareness, upgrading manufacturing equipment, and consolidation of facilities. The savings totaled 12,785,530 kWh in 2005, which effectively was 11% of avoided electrical energy consumption.

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