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 #76: Vertical Transportation
    October 21, 2010
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    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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    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 12, 2010
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    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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  • ArchSIM Case Studies: La Maestra Clinic Teaches Sustainability, Inside and Out
    March 9, 2010
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    La Maestra Community Health Centers is an award-winning not-for-profit organization that has been serving low-income and immigrant communities for 19 years.

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  • Design Brief: Industrial Process Heat Recovery
    October 26, 2009

    Process heating is a significant source of energy consumption in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, and it often results in a large amount of waste heat that is discharged into the atmosphere.

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  • e-News #65: Saving Lives, Saving Energy
    June 25, 2009
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    Ongoing construction and major retrofitting of hospitals in California, driven by aging facilities and the demand for new medical technologies, offers an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically improve the energy performance of healthcare facilities for decades to come.

     

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  • Case Studies: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
    June 12, 2009
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    The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a three-story, 45,000 ft2 building on Sierra Nevada College's Lake Campus that demonstrates how an ambitious project team can successfully reduce energy usage by implementing a variety of innovative mechanical designs at minimal additional first cost.

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  • Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
    June 11, 2006
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    Using the integrated energy design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting productivity.

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  • e-News #52: Low-Energy Lab Design
    December 1, 2005
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    It's no easy undertaking to design a high-performance laboratory building that uses very little energy while meeting comfort, health, safety and programmatic requirements. Laboratory buildings typically have very energyintensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that operate 24 hours per day and use 100 percent outside air.

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  • Design Brief: High Intensity Fluorescent Lighting
    February 1, 2004
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    New high-intensity fluorescents outshine their high-intensity discharge competitors. They are often more efficient and feature lower lumen depreciation rates, better dimming options, instant start-up, and better color rendition.

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  • Case Studies: Building Case Study - A Biotech Lab and Office
    September 30, 2002

    The Pharmaceutical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, is a 123,000-square-foot laboratory and office building completed in 1999. Among the energy efficiency measures included in the building are systems for limiting energy waste associated with its 92 fume hoods and its air handling, space conditioning, and lighting systems.

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  • Design Brief: Options & Opportunities
    February 2, 2002
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    Not all energy-efficiency measures are appropriate for all building types, but some are especially useful for particular buildings. This Design Brief reminds designers and builders of opportunities they should consider in each of their projects.

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  • Design Brief: Building Simulation
    January 1, 2002
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    A few building simulation runs early in a project can lead to design solutions that, though they appear simple, significantly improve building energy performance.

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  • e-News #30: How to Keep Energy Consumption in Elevators "Going Down"
    April 13, 2001
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    In today's modern building stock, elevators can consume five to fifteen percent of a building's total energy usage, depending on the other services running in the building.

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  • e-News #29: Investigating the Energy Savings Potential in Laboratory Design
    March 30, 2001
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    Laboratory-type facilities represent an important segment of the building stock, especially when considered in terms of energy intensity and overall energy consumption. According to researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL), there are more than 50 million square feet of laboratory-
    type space in California alone. Energy intensities are often five times higher than
    those found in other building types such as offices.

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