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Health Care Facilities Resources


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.


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ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 -- Ventilation of Health Care Facilities 

Developed in partnership with Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) and American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE), ASHRAE Standard-170 has been providing key guidance on ventilation requirements for health care industry facilities since 2008. Use Standard 170-2017 alongside HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics for comprehensive design guidance on hospitals, nursing and outpatient facilities. Learn more

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HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd ed.

The second 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


Advanced Energy Design Guides


Large Hospitals, 50% Savings

For "standard" mid- to large-size hospital, typically at least 100,000 ft2, but the strategies apply to all sizes and classifications of large hospitals.

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Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities, 30% Savings

For small hospitals and healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft2, which require a wide variety of heating and air-conditioning equipment. Options for daylighting are included.

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Training and Certification

officeengineering.jpgHealthcare 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.

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