The U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of the final installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs), on the design and construction of highly-efficient hospital buildings.
The DOE said the guide offers a practical approach for designers and builders of large hospitals, and other major commercial building types, to achieve 50% energy savings compared to the building energy code used in many parts of the nation.
The commercial building guides support President Obama’s goal to reduce energy use in commercial buildings 20% by 2020, the agency said.
The guide for 50% energy savings in large hospitals is now available for download at Advanced Energy Design Guide.
DOE said that in addition to helping builders achieve efficiency exceeding the current energy code, the AEDGs provide climate-specific recommendations to incorporate current “off-the-shelf” energy-efficient building products. These recommendations help designers and builders choose advanced building assemblies and highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and incorporate other energy-saving measures such as daylighting and associated control systems.
Additionally, efficiency measures found in the guides can be used in the development of future commercial building energy codes, DOE said.
The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide series is developed through a partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).
The large hospital guide completes the series and follows previously released guides for small and medium office buildings, K-12 schools and medium retail buildings.