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.


  • Case Studies: Zero Net Energy Non-Residential Buildings
    April 12, 2015
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    Six non-residential buildings were designed and built to perform at zero net energy (ZNE) consumption over the course of a year. Extensively monitored under the Pacific Gas & Electric Company's ZNE Pilot Program, each has proven to meet or exceed that level of performance for at least one year of post-construction occupancy.

    These case studies show that building industry leaders who target this new level of building performance can meet this challenge, reinforcing California's reputation for being the incubator and early adopter of transformative ideas with practical feasibility.

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  • Beyond Title 24 2013 Energy Standards - NonResidential
    December 11, 2014
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    The Savings By Design Program (SBD) provides design assistance and substantial financial incentives to owners and design teams that apply energy efficiency, green building and sustainability best practices to realize high performance nonresidential projects.

    Incentives of up to $150,000 are available to owners, plus up to $50,000 more for design teams that engage SBD assistance at the earliest stages of the design process.

    New construction, additions, and major rennovation projects all qualify...

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  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 17, 2014
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    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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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Fenestration
    July 22, 2014
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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: Small Commercial HVAC Changeouts
    July 22, 2014
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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 Interior Lighting Alterations
    July 15, 2014
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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
    July 7, 2014
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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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  • e-News #93: Improving Title 24 Compliance - CBECC-Com
    June 9, 2014
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    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 13, 2014
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    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 22, 2013
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    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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  • 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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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Exterior Lighting
    November 21, 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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  • e-News #90: Fuel Cells
    October 29, 2013
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    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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    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 8, 2012
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    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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