Benchmarking acute hospitals: Composite electricity targets based on departmental consumption intensities?

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dc.contributor.author Morgenstern, Paula en
dc.contributor.author Li, Maria en
dc.contributor.author Raslan, Rokia en
dc.contributor.author Ruyssevelt, PAul en
dc.contributor.author Wright, A. J. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-20T10:48:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-20T10:48:45Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-04
dc.identifier.citation Morgenstern, M. et al. (2016) Benchmarking acute hospitals: Composite electricity targets based on departmental consumption intensities? Energy and Buildings, 118, pp. 277-290 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/12170
dc.description Gold Open Access article en
dc.description.abstract This study aims to explore how meaningful energy benchmarks—reflecting good energy management and design—can be constructed for hospital buildings, a category encompassing complex buildings with different set-ups and large variability between them. Current energy targets are sometimes considered of limited use by facility professionals in health care because they do not take account of differences in service delivery between acute hospitals which result in differing use of medical equipment and requirements for room conditioning. For this study, the electricity use of a number of department types has been quantified using on-site measurements. Findings confirm that different hospital departments have hugely varied electricity consumption characteristics. Wards, day clinics and some other departments have lower average consumption intensities which are reasonably well reflected by current hospital electricity benchmarks. Theatres, laboratories and also departments such as imaging and radiotherapy showed much higher consumption intensities exceeding available targets. A revision of current energy benchmarks for the latter category is therefore strongly recommended. It is further proposed to develop composite benchmarks for hospitals taking into account differing energy intensities at a departmental level for guidance and as basis for certification. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.title Benchmarking acute hospitals: Composite electricity targets based on departmental consumption intensities? en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.02.052
dc.researchgroup Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) en
dc.projectid EP/H009612/1 en
dc.cclicence N/A en
dc.date.acceptance 2016-02-27 en
dc.exception.reason Gold Open access article en


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