Buildings in healthcare use an immense amount of energy; approximately 4% of all energy consumed in the United States today, and hospitals are responsible for an enormous amount of greenhouse gas emissions; one average sized hospital emits approximately 18,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.
In their Targeting 100! study, researchers at University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab in collaboration with NBBJ Architects, Solarc Architecture and Engineering, TBD Consultants, Cameron MacAllister, Mahlum Architects and Mortenson Construction with support from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) BetterBricks Initiative describe how a team can design a hospital that meets the 60% reduction in energy use currently called for by the 2030 Challenge, at little additional capital cost. In order to meet this energy goal in the Pacific Northwest, a project must have a simulated energy performance of less than 108 KBtu/SF year. The project team set an EUI of 100 for its goal, which gave the project it’s name: “Target 100.”
See the results now in the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab’s Targeting100! Full Report.
And, for another perspective, check out Imagining a Regenerative Healthcare System by Cary Cohen and Robin Guenther.
Scandanavian Hospitals, like Norway’s Akershus University Hospital above, have provided models for researchers at the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab in their Targeting100! Study.