Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open to Conference Attendees Only
Do No Harm: The Relationship Between Healthcare and Climate Change
Director of Engineering, LEO A DALY
Director, Enterprise Energy Services, Atrium Health
Manager, Engineering and Energy, Gundersen Health System
Despite the mission to preserve and maintain human health, many health systems realize their impact on environmental health and carbon emissions. Reducing their energy consumption can cut carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses and improve air quality. The opportunity to reduce operational energy begins early in design. Building size, shape, orientation and location of glass are as crucial as efficient HVAC systems. Advanced analysis tools help designers make more informed decisions that affect energy performance and comfort factors, like high-quality daylight and thermal comfort. The greenest building is the one already built, largely due to emissions from building materials – known as embodied carbon. New analysis tools help designers make better decisions about reducing embodied carbon in projects, such as using more wood, which sequesters more carbon than it emits; minimizing cement, the most carbon-intensive part of concrete; and reducing overall materials, which also saves money!