Study outlines strategies hospitals can implement to reduce energy use by 62%, save money
I found this study yesterday that identifies a process for newly constructed hospitals to integrate architectural, mechanical and central plant systems to reduce energy consumption by an average of 62%.
I found this study yesterday published by the University of Washington, titled Targeting 100! that identifies a process for newly constructed hospitals to integrate architectural, mechanical and central plant systems to reduce energy consumption by an average of 62%.
The biggest breakthrough identified by the study comes from addressing the reheating of centrally-cooled air, which is the largest contributor to wasted energy in a hospital, representing more than 40% of annual heating energy use. The study also identifies strategies including sun and daylight shading controls, vacant room sensors, outdoor air supply with heat recovery systems, modified air delivery systems, thermal energy storage and improved air-tightness and high insulation values in windows and walls that can help hospitals save between $500,000 and $800,000 a year in energy costs.
I read stories and studies like Targeting 100! and it makes me wonder why any hospital accepts less than these standards. Working with firms like Cannon Design, hospitals can begin implementing these measures to save money, energy and create stronger healthcare environments. Kudos to the University of Washington for pushing this study—it will help drive progress in our healthcare environments.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey