October 9, 2014

How do you evaluate the aesthetic, infrastructure, economic and planning impacts that passive and active design strategies and renewable energy systems can have on typical healthcare projects? How do you differentiate between passive, active and renewable energy strategies? How can you identify energy efficiency challenges unique to healthcare? 

These are just a few of the learning objectives Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, principal and director of sustainable healthcare, HKS, Inc., and Kim Shinn, P.E., principal and senior sustainability consultant, TLC Engineering for Architecture, will cover in their session “Targeting NZE – Proposed Retrofits to 2 Existing LEED Hospitals” at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo 2014, to be held October 22-24 in New Orleans. 

LEED certification often is recognized as the gold standard for sustainability and energy efficiency. This case study analysis will take a look at two recently certified LEED hospitals in different climate zones to demonstrate the potential physical and planning modifications necessary to achieve net zero/regenerative energy use and the associated financial impacts. The first project is a 103-bed, LEED- Silver certified (2010) greenfield hospital in Flower Mound, Texas; the second is a 90-bed, LEED-Gold certified (2014) satellite hospital in Port St. Lucie, Fla. 

Assessments of each project in terms of the following questions will be presented:

  • How could different “passive” design decisions reduce energy consumption? What are the resultant physical and planning impacts to the project?
  • How could different “active” design decisions reduce energy consumption? What are the resultant physical and planning impacts to the project?
  • Which renewable energy strategies would be needed to achieve net zero/regenerative energy use? What are the resultant physical and planning impacts to the project?
  • What is the approximate net financial impact of the above to the project?

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand and evaluate the aesthetic, infrastructure, economic and planning impacts the passive and active design strategies, and renewable energy systems can have on typical healthcare projects.
  • Differentiate between passive, active and renewable energy strategies and articulate examples of each.
  • Identify energy efficiency challenges unique to healthcare and propose reasonable strategies to overcome them.
  • Define a process “road map” that uses informed energy goals at project outset and energy modeling early in the design process to produce smarter and more-efficient hospitals.

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Roy Gunsolus, with more than 30 years of experience, specializes in healthcare facilities. He has managed over 5 million square feet of healthcare projects including greenfield hospitals, additions and renovations, outpatient facilities and specialty centers. In addition, he serves as HKS’ director of sustainable healthcare. He is responsible for educating the firm’s healthcare staff as well as assisting project teams in assessing and implementing sustainable initiatives. 

Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

Posted in Green Places, Health
Tagged Greeenbuild 2014, Kim Shinn, net zero energy, Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, regenerative energy, Roy Gunsolua, Tradition Medical Center