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2017 PDC Summit

1548 - Most New Hospitals Guzzle Energy: Keys to Break the Pattern

Mar 15, 2017 10:50am ‐ Mar 15, 2017 11:50am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00


Modern hospitals consume nearly the same energy as those of the 1960s, lagging behind other building types. Yet some facilities stand far ahead in energy performance, resulting in an emerging market to retrocommission hospitals shortly after construction, often cutting utility costs 20 to 30 percent with little capital expenditure. Why build it twice? How can the planning team sell energy enhancements up front, rather than as a retrofit? This session will unpack the issue with clear examples and actionable steps.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the root cause of energy intensive health care design.
  • Navigate the barriers to adopting energy management best practices.
  • Identify common energy efficiency design opportunities left on the table.
  • Apply case study lessons learned to future capital planning projects.


  • Mark Dykes, Project Manager of Energy Utilization, University of Florida Health
  • Kevin Gombotz, PE, VP of Engineering, Envinity Building Energy Solutions
  • Alan Neuner, CHRM, VP, Facilities Operations, Geisinger Health System


Credits: None available.

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James Bue
3/17/17 9:47 am

Al Neuner has the best approach to addressing infrastructure upgrades and improving efficiency of the physical plant. Reinvesting the energy savings into infrastructure upgrades and enhancements looks to be a very effective way to keep the plant current and improve effiecincy. This Geisinger model should be held out as a model for others to follow.