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It is estimated by the US Department of Energy that buildings use approximately 50% of the total energy consumed in the United States today and produce a similar proportion of the greenhouse gases; hospitals as a building type use the second greatest amount of energy in the US. Aside from being one of the largest energy consumers, we know that hospitals can be some of the least healthy places to work and heal because of the chronic stress in the environment. Northern European precedents provide examples of how to re-evaluate the hospital typology to allow daylight, fresh air, view, and greater energy efficiency into these environments allowing for better working, healing and visiting experiences for staff, patients, and visitors. These indoor environmental quality factors coupled with better energy efficiency provide the opportunity for a new hospital typology that is better for people and better for the environment.

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  • Understand indoor environmental quality strategies that contribute to energy efficiency
  • Learn how healthy indoor environmental quality impacts patient recovery
  • Learn how healthy indoor environmental quality contributes to a productive work environment for hospital staff
  • Describe three IEQ strategies that have multiple operational efficiency benefits


Heather Burpee, University of Washington’s BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab/Puget Sound
Telephone: 206-616-6566
Heather Burpee is a Health Design Specialist at the University of Washington’s BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab | Puget Sound (IDL). Ms. Burpee graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Biology and received her Master in Architecture from University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. In her role at the IDL, she consults leading health design firms in the Puget Sound Region on best practices for high quality, energy efficient design for hospitals. In the past three years she has contributed to numerous projects for national and international firms in the Pacific Northwest. As part of her consultation, Ms. Burpee has established thorough research on energy efficiency of hospitals working with leading mechanical engineers to establish goals to radically reduce energy consumption in this building typology. In the past two years, Ms. Burpee has traveled extensively in Northern Europe studying innovative hospital design and its applicability to design practice in the United States. This research included collaboration with leading experts in sustainability in Stockholm, Sweden and several international architecture and mechanical engineering firms in Scandinavia.

Joel Loveland, Integrated Design Lab (IDL) Puget Sound
Telephone: 206-616-6566
Joel Loveland is the Director of the Integrated Design Lab (IDL) Puget Sound and a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. The IDL’s activities date to 1980 as a teaching and research lab for the University of Washington and included being the first daylighting design assistance lab in the United States. Recent articles about the Lab’s activities have been published in both the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Metropolis Magazine and Environmental Design and Construction, the “sustainable design” issue of Lighting Design and Applications and in the European journal Intelligent Glass Solutions. In the last five years, four Lab projects were honored with AIA Committee on the Environment (CoTE) National Green Building awards. In the last year, he has given more than a dozen invited lectures and workshops in the US and Canada. He held the, 1998 Baker Chair of Architectural Lighting, at the University of Oregon.

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