'Heal thy self,' sure, But the answer for Hospitals is Holistic, not a 1 pill Rx

By Casey Talon – August 20, 2012
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Today I read an article in Forbes advocating one lens approach to energy efficiency over another to tackle the enormous waste in the largest hospitals in the country. The author focuses on a recent Energy Information Administration press release regarding in the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which found that over 90% of the largest hospitals in the US use lighting conservation technologies as a mechanism to reduce energy waste. The problem with the conclusion of this article is that adopting a focus on combined heat and power (CHP) over lighting as the solution to energy inefficiency retains a narrow vision and fails to adopt the kind of holistic vision of energy management that is feasible today with Smart Building technologies.


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