Amounting to more than 8% of total U.S. commercial building energy use, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are among the most energy-intensive buildings in the country. Collectively they spend more than $9 billion on energy every year—enough to cover the average salary of more than 130,000 registered nurses! With rising energy costs straining already tight budgets, many healthcare facilities are seeking way to cut costs without compromising the quality of patient care.

The Healthcare Sector connects its members with an experienced network of hospital energy experts, providing them with the information, tools, training, and resources to help make their buildings more efficient. Since its launch, it has grown to represent nearly 0.5 billion square feet of space and 14% of the sector by floorspace.View select opportunities for Healthcare members.

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Highlighted Activities

Try proven energy-saving strategies documented in the Better Buildings Challenge Implementation Models
Review implementation models that outline actions, tools, and supporting documentation used successfully by partners who have taken the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve their portfolio-wide energy efficiency savings goals. See Implementation Models from Ascension Health, Cleveland Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and more! Contact us for additional assistance when you’re ready to try out one of these strategies in your own portfolio.

Utilize resources to assist with your Energy Management Information Systems goals
The Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) Team is working with members to capture their experiences, make the business case for using technologies, and to disseminate findings to increase market adoption of EMIS. Use the technology classification framework, EIS cost and benefits report, and EMIS crash course to learn about critical aspects of successful EMIS use, or identify funding opportunities/rebate dollars by accessing the Regional Guide to EMIS Incentives.

Participate in a field test of Next Generation Luminaire downlight winners
Demo high-performance LED downlight luminaires from Next Generation Luminaire competitions. Preference for host sites is given to Better Buildings Alliance member facilities, and results will provide real-world data on product performance and cost effectiveness.

Join the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign
LEEP into lighting and lower your facility's exterior lighting operating costs through thoughtful design of a new parking site or lighting retrofits. Participants are eligible for technical assistance, recognition, and awards!

Save energy by managing your laboratory's freezers, reheat, and fume hoods
Retrofit high efficiency fume hoods, take advantage of the fume hood sash management campaign, and reduce simultaneous heating and cooling. Visit the Laboratories team page to view savings data from members that implemented lab efficiency measures and for more information.

Attend an in-person retuning training
Visit the Workforce Development team page to find information on future building re-tuning trainings in your area.

Participate in Market Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with Market Solutions Teams, such as Leasing & Split Incentive, Financing, Workforce Development, Data Access, and Appraisal & Valuations.

Participate in Technology Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with Technology Solutions Teams, such as Lighting & Electrical, Laboratories, Refrigeration, Space Conditioning, Plug & Process Loads, Food Service, and Renewables Integration.

Energy Management Resources

Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Hospital and Healthcare Facilities
Developed by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Better Buildings Alliance for small hospitals and healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft2 in size.

Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals
Developed by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Better Buildings Alliance for standard mid- to large-size hospitals, typically at least 100,000 ft2 .

Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals
Developed by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) to address challenges to integrating sustainable practices into the healthcare environment. Offers resources on Getting Leadership Support.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.

U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program.

New Construction and Renovation

Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC)
A toolkit for sustainable design with resources, such as the Green Guide v2.2 Design & Construction, for energy and water efficiency, metering, retrofits, commissioning, and emissions.

Targeting 100!
Targeting 100! is a roadmap that lays the groundwork for achieving exceptionally energy efficient hospitals in the most diverse climate regions and most populous centers of the U.S. Targeting 100! provides detailed energy and cost models that show it is possible to reduce energy by 60% from typical operational examples to less than 100 kBtu/sq. ft. per year with very little incremental cost increase.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) BetterBricks
NEEA’s repository of resources and tools for improving the operations and performance of buildings, including the Hospital Facility Investment Guide.

Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, warehouses and retail buildings.

Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004.

Financing Resources

Join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge encourages nonprofits such as colleges, universities, and most recently hospital systems to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements.

Better Buildings Challenge Financial Allies
Financial Allies have committed nearly $2 billion to help owners and managers improve the efficiency of their buildings. Learn more (link to financial allies page) about their offerings.

Better Buildings Alliance Financing Team
The Market Solutions Financing Team is working to overcome access to low-cost, third-party capital to help offset high up-front costs.

Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?
An issue brief by The Commonwealth Fund, which supports independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

Connect the Financial Benefits of Energy Efficiency to the Health Benefits
This Healthcare Without Harm report offers detailed guidelines and case studies to help hospital leaders and facilities’ staff develop comprehensive strategies for energy efficiency and clean technology. Data from new and retrofitted hospitals demonstrate that energy savings of 30 to 50 percent are often readily achievable and that these projects are highly cost effective.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

LEEP Financial Assistance and Tools

Additional Resources

Networked Adaptive Exterior Lighting Case Study
In 2014, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital became one of the first U.S. health care facilities to install an energy-efficient, ultra-smart outdoor LED lighting system. The award-winning project was so successful that the NorthBay Healthcare group is now considering expanding the VacaValley system and retrofitting the outdoor lighting at other sites.

Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.

Better Buildings Alliance Specifications
Better Buildings Alliance members and DOE technical experts collaborate on Technical Solutions Teams to develop energy-saving performance specifications. Healthcare sector members can use these specifications to deploy advanced wireless metering, rooftop unit, parking lot, parking structure, troffer lighting, and laboratory fume hood technologies in their facilities.

  • Ascension Health*
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
  • Broward Health North
  • Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
  • CentraCare Health System
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation*
  • Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Gundersen Lutheran Health System*
  • Health Care REIT
  • HealthSouth
  • Hospital Corporation of America*
  • Inova Health System
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Legacy Health System
  • Lincoln Harris
  • Mayo Clinic
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital*
  • North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Providence Health & Services*
  • Southwestern Vermont Health Care
  • Summa Health System
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center*
  • University of South Alabama Medical Center
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Westchester Medical Center

* Steering Committee member
Members in bold have taken the Better Buildings Challenge