Decision makers at healthcare facilities worldwide identified energy management as critically important in a 2012 study. Of the 1,400-plus professionals surveyed, 86 percent stated that energy management was extremely important or very important, up from 65 percent in 2011. In addition, 70 percent said that they had adopted HVAC and/or controls improvements as energy efficiency measures in the last 12 months. Other key survey trends included heightened interest in the measurement of energy usage data and a movement toward retro-commissioning.
The study, which was conducted by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency in conjunction with several association partners including the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, was released as the 2012 Energy Efficiency Indicator.