Hospitals are one of the largest consumers of electricity in the commercial sector. They have the highest energy use per unit of floor space, almost twice as much as the average office building. As regulatory authorities in the U.S. continue to tighten sustainability standards, healthcare facilities are encouraged to adopt energy-saving lighting replacement and upgrade strategies to enhance patient comfort, control operational costs and promote a “green” image. The long-term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment saving funds for the key mission: healthcare.
Sustainable Lighting for Healthcare FacilitiesHospitals are large public buildings that have a significant impact on the environment and economy of the surrounding community. They are heavy users of energy and water and produce large amounts of waste. Because hospitals place such demands on community resources they are natural candidates for sustainable design. Many healthcare providers are examining strategies to “green” their buildings and implement sustainable operations