2011 EEI Healthcare: Increasing Interest in Efficiency & Innovative Financing
Healthcare organizations face an unprecedented flood of changes. Uncertainty over reform legislation, decreasing revenue, and increasing labor costs have stressed the industry.
It comes as no surprise that energy efficiency is critical to the environment of care. In fact, according to the 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey, healthcare leads other industry sectors in implementing measures to reduce energy use and costs in their buildings over the past year.
Administered by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, in partnership with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and 30 strategic partners around the world, the fifth annual survey polled global executives and building owners responsible for energy management and investment decisions in commercial and public-sector buildings. Highlights of the EEI healthcare survey also include:
78% of healthcare respondents say they are paying more attention to energy than they were one year ago (Up from 66% in 2010).
When asked which energy efficiency measures they adopted, improvements to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and control systems topped the list (71%), followed by lighting improvements (69%) and behavioral improvements (41%).
When predicting technological advancements over the next decade, healthcare leaders expect the greatest market adoption in lighting, advanced building materials and smart building technologies.
More than 50% of healthcare professionals reported that their organization has an energy reduction goal in place.
However, 33% of respondents in the healthcare sector cited lack of funding as the most significant roadblock to progress, followed by insufficient payback at 14%.
The average allowable payback for the healthcare sector is 3.8 years.
You can read or download the complete survey report in the Resources section above.
A free webinar now available online explains the results of the 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey which was administered by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency in collaboration with ASHE and other partners. See how your facility compares to others in terms of energy reduction efforts and learn about the future of energy efficiency by watching the webinar.