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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

Kim Cowman
Director of Engineering, LEO A DALY
Michael Roberts
Director, Enterprise Energy Services, Atrium Health
Tim Wilson
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!

1: The Hippocratic Oath doesn’t stop at climate change. Presenters will share design changes that can slash carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses.
2: Cutting operational energy begins early in design. Presenters will share tools used to make informed decisions that boost energy performance.
3: The session will evaluate tools that assess processes designed to cut embodied carbon in projects, or emissions from building materials.
4: Explore the perspectives of the Healthcare systems, what are their goals that they have as a healthcare system. What changes have they put in place to reach their goals?