GLRPPR Sector Resource: Healthcare Energy End-Use Monitoring
Healthcare Energy End-Use Monitoring
Hospital facility and energy managers find it challenging to identify the energy inefficiencies in their buildings, because the industry lacks measured energy use data for major hospital end uses, such as cooling, heating, lighting, and plug loads. Historically, when these managers have compared alternative energy efficiency investments for various end-use systems, their benchmarks have been limited to end-use estimates derived from modeling.
To address this challenge, DOE commissioned NREL to partner with two hospitals (MGH and SUNY UMU) to collect data on the energy used for multiple thermal and electrical end-use categories, including preheat, heating, and reheat; humidification; service water heating; cooling; fans; pumps; lighting; and select plug and process loads. Additional data from medical office buildings were provided for an analysis focused on plug loads. Facility managers, energy managers, and engineers in the healthcare sector will be able to use these results to more effectively prioritize and refine the scope of investments in new metering and energy audits.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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