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Hospitals’ Water Costs Rise as Use Recedes, Study Shows

Hospitals’ Water Costs Rise as Use Recedes, Study Shows

Hospital water and sewer use is gradually declining, but that doesn’t mean hospitals are saving as much money as they are water: prices are rising, now averaging 42 cents per square foot versus 24 cents as recently as 2007, indicates a new report.

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Fifty-four percent of global health care professionals say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case in two years, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson. The global findings are similar to those of US health care providers, … Read more »

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Hospitals Can Reduce Energy 62%

A study conducted by a research team at the University of Washington, titled Targeting 100!, identifies a process for newly constructed hospitals that integrates architectural, mechanical and central plant systems to reduce energy consumption by an average of 62 percent. The biggest breakthrough comes from addressing the reheating of centrally-cooled … Read more »

Hospitals Divert 100m Pounds From Landfill

Hospitals Divert 100m Pounds From Landfill

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative kept more than 100 million pounds of waste out of landfills in its initial year, according to the program’s first progress report. The program’s 370 member hospitals recycled more than 50 million pounds of materials and diverted an additional 61.5 million pounds of construction and demolition from … Read more »

GE Debuts ‘Industrial Internet’ Technologies

GE has announced eight new industrial service technologies and a joint venture with Accenture that GE says will potentially cut $150 billion in waste across major sectors. The new technologies combine product diagnostics software and analytics, and will connect machines to machines, machines to people, and machines to business operations … Read more »

Johnson & Johnson Report: 54% of Hospitals Say Green Attributes Important in Purchasing

Johnson & Johnson Report: 54% of Hospitals Say Green Attributes Important in Purchasing

More than one-third (35 percent) of hospitals surveyed switched suppliers to gain access to sustainable health-care products, according to a new report by Johnson & Johnson that finds hospitals are placing greater emphasis on “green” products used in patient care and throughout the facilities such as cleaning products and office … Read more »

DOE Guide to Help Hospitals Achieve 50% Energy Savings

LED surgery lights, HVAC systems and improved facility design, among other technologies, can cut large hospitals’ energy costs in half, according to a Department of Energy Guide. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals, the fourth and final publication in the AEDG series, is designed to help 100,0000-square feet … Read more »

Hospitals Save $2.3m a Year with CHP Plants

Combined heat and power systems at Guy’s Hospital (pictured) and St. Thomas Hospital, both in London, are saving more than £1.5 million ($2.3 million) and almost 11,300 tons of CO2 a year. The hospitals, which together employ 10,000 people and serve more than 850,000 patients a year, used a £10 … Read more »

Johnson Controls Launches Hospital Efficiency System

Johnson Controls has launched an offering that it says will reduce the energy spend of surgical suites by up to $10,000 per operating room. Healthcare Environment Optimization integrates a hospital’s building automation system with surgery scheduling to optimize air exchange rates and energy use. It was developed in collaboration with … Read more »

LEED for Healthcare Launches

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED for Healthcare, the latest version of its sustainability rating system. The LEED for Healthcare system, for both new buildings and major renovations, can be applied to inpatient, outpatient and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education … Read more »

DOE, NREL Show How to Cut Energy Use 50% in Commercial Buildings, Hospitals

DOE, NREL Show How to Cut Energy Use 50% in Commercial Buildings, Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released two technical reports that provide recommendations on how to achieve 50 percent energy savings in new and existing large office buildings and large hospitals. The studies were conducted by NREL’s Commercial Buildings Group, under the … Read more »

LED Lighting Retrofit to Save Hawaii Hospitals $1.2M

Hawai’i Pacific Health (HPH), comprised of four nonprofit hospitals and 44 outpatient clinics and service sites, expects to save more than $1.2 million thanks to a LED lighting retrofit across its facilities. The switch to LED lighting at its four hospital facilities also will help reduce HPH’s carbon emissions by … Read more »