The health care sector is one of the largest segments of the U.S. economy (17% of U.S.GDP) and the average hospital uses 2.5 times the amount of energy as other commercial buildings, adding up to 836 trillion Btu or $5 billion annually, based on Department of Energy (DOE) data.
Health care facilities serve a uniquely vulnerable population exposed to an elevated risk of health, fire, and safety hazard. These heavily regulated, high-stakes facilities undergo continuous maintenance, verification, inspection, and recertification, typically operate 24/7, and are owner occupied for long life.
Systems in health care facilities must be carefully designed to be installed, operated and maintained in coordination with specialized buildings services, including emergency and normal power, plumbing and medical gas systems, automatic transport, fire protections and a myriad of IT systems, all within a limited building envelope.
Expert design guidance is essential.
HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd ed.
This new edition provides in-depth, up-to-date design recommendations based on best practices from consulting and hospital engineers with decades of experience in the design, construction, and operation of health care facilities. It presents solutions that are proven, cost effective, and reliable--solutions that provide low maintenance cost and high reliability, with a focus on presenting what's different about health care HVAC. Learn more
ANSI/ASHE/ASHRAE Standard 170-2008 -- Ventilation of Health Care Facilities
Standard 170, available in Spanish or English, is one of a family of documents that offers guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities. It is first and foremost a mandatory minimum requirement and, as such, may not offer the state-of-the art best practice of health care ventilation design. For best practice guidance, ASHRAE recommends HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics. Learn more
Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) Certification
The primary purpose of ASHRAE's HFDP certification program is to certify an individual's well-rounded understanding and knowledge of medical terminology and facility operations as they affect HVAC&R design in healthcare facilities.
The program, which was developed in collaboration with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association, requires that participants meet certain eligibility criteria before being allowed to participate. Learn more