2010 EEI: U.S. Healthcare
Energy management is more important to healthcare leaders than to executives in other industry sectors. That’s a key finding in a recent new survey of facilities decision-makers around the world.
The Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering conducted an online survey of decision-makers responsible for managing energy. The Energy Efficiency Indicator survey results included a separate analysis of responses from healthcare organizations.
The survey looked at issues such as what organizations are doing in response to rising energy costs, what factors are driving efficiency improvements, what payback they expect on projects, and what technologies and practices they are applying. Highlights of the survey include:
59% of healthcare organizations believe energy management is extremely or very important, compared to 52% of respondents across all industries.
66% of healthcare respondents are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were a year ago.
Cost savings is the biggest factor driving energy efficiency investments in healthcare; enhancing image and taking advantage of government or utility incentives are next.
Nearly 50% of healthcare respondents cited energy efficiency in buildings as their top strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The average maximum allowable payback period for energy efficiency investments in healthcare is 3.3 years, down from 4.2 years in 2008.
The top barriers to capture of potential energy savings are lack of internal capital and inability to identify projects with sufficient ROI.
You can read or download the complete survey report in the Resources section above.