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How can energy in hospitals be radically reduced, while creating better working & healing environments? What is the cost of re-envisioned systems & building forms that are highly efficient, & also embody ideals for human comfort? Does it cost significantly more? What is the best process, team configuration, & contractual structure to ensure delivery? This group collaborated with a team of experts for 3 yrs. to find out. Development of 2 models, determination of energy use, & how to radically reduce use, resulted in achieving the 2030 Challenge for 2010, requiring re-evaluation of entire systems. Creating high quality spaces for patients & staff also demands an entire re-evaluation of the typical prototype. Cost comparisons between four prototypes show minimal differences in cost/ft2 for low energy, high quality designs. An integrated project delivery team including operators & occupants, early costing & commissioning, operator training, etc. is required to achieve success.


  • Identify integrated design strategies and integrated project delivery elements key to success in designing and delivery an energy efficient, high performance healthcare facility.
  • Identify hospitals’ contribution to energy consumption and strategies required to reduce their overall load in order to meet the 2030 challenge objectives.
  • Identify precedents that have implemented strategies to reduce energy use and increase overall indoor environmental quality for staff and patients.
  • Identify the cost implication of transforming the traditional hospital prototype to an updated prototype that is both energy efficient and better for human comfort.


Duncan Griffin, NBBJ’s Sustainable Design Group
Telephone: 206-616-6566
Duncan Griffin is an architect & cofounder of NBBJ’s Sustainable Design Group (1997). He is committed to energy reduction & improved human experience in Healthcare design, & has presented at numerous conferences on the topic.

Heather Burpee, Univ of Washington College of Built Environments
Telephone: 206-616-0568
Heather Burpee is a Health Design Specialist at UW’s IDL. She consults leading health design firms in the NW on best practices for high quality, energy efficient hospital design and has traveled extensively in N. Europe studying innovative hospital design.

Joel Loveland, Univ of Washington College of Built Environments
Telephone: 206-616-6566
Joel Loveland is Director of the UW’s Integrated Design Lab & Professor of Architecture. Since 1980, the IDL has been a teaching lab for the UW & was the first daylighting design assistance lab in the US. In the last year, he has given more than a dozen invited engagements in the US and Canada.

Stan Price, Putnam Price Group

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