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{Past Event} - How To Series: Climate Change: Design & Construction

April 11, 2008 - 3:00 pm - April 11, 2008 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Part one in a two-part “How To” series, this presentation will explore HOW health care facilities can make a difference through design and construction. Specifically, speakers will review the health reasons to commit to a carbon-neutral facility as well as how to manage a health care facility’s direct impact on carbon emissions through design and construction practices. And, a case study of the British National Health System’s progress in reducing its carbon footprint will establish a baseline for the level of commitment necessary to transform the U.S. health care sector into a leader in climate change initiatives. Participants will learn what the Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator (EIC) is, how the EIC calculates the public health and financial impacts of conventional power purchases, and how to use the EIC to justify and help finance energy efficiency measures and clean power purchases. Discover the measures hospitals are taking to reduce a facility’s footprint. Identify the prescription for a hospital to reduce its own footprint. Evaluate data from the UK’s National Health Service study of how best to reduce its carbon footprint.


Chris Holme, Department of Health, United Kingdom
Chris has worked in healthcare for nearly 30 years covering many roles from Engineering Supervisor (new constructions), Hospital Engineer, District Engineer and into the wider role of estates and facilities management. Chris joined the National Government Department of Health (DH) as a Strategic Advisor on estates issues and then more specifically on the engineering team as Principal Engineer. In his role, Chris has specific responsibility for the DH healthcare technical guidance documents programme (HTM) and is currently managing a $200 million energy saving capital fund. He also works with other government departments on emergency planning, sustainable initiatives, and the wider carbon footprint analysis.

Paul Lipke, Sustainable Step New England
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Paul Lipke is acting Executive Director of Sustainable Step New England, and has been helping others develop sustainable strategies, green buildings and programs in grid-scale and residential renewable energy systems for more than 15 years, with clients such as Northeast Utilities, Massachusetts’ Renewable Energy Trust, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). He has trained and advised 1000’s of professional in energy and sustainable strategies, and more than a decade ahead of it’s time, created NESEA’s Building Energy ‘96, which brought together 1,000 leaders in grid-scale renewable energy, green building and the International Energy Agency’s five year Building Integrated Photovoltaics R&D Program. Most recently, Mr. Lipke was project leader for the creation of the Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange and directs the development of the Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator. The calculator enables any facility to input its kWh usage, and immediately see the human health and financial impacts on health care and society, such as the number of premature deaths, respiratory incidents, mercury-related health impacts, hospitalization costs, etc from conventional power generation versus clean energy use.

Walt Vernon, Mazzetti & Associates
Walt Vernon, PE, LEED® AP is an electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of numerous healthcare facilities. Because of his experience and expertise, he serves as a Principal Member of the Electrical Technical Committee for NFPA 99 and co-chairs the ANSI/IEEE White Book, the national standard for the design of electrical systems in healthcare buildings. Walt is an electrical engineer on the AIA Guidelines Revision committee, and serves as the electrical engineer for the California Hospital Safety Board (HBSB). He has provided leadership for sustainable healthcare facilities at both the state and national levels serving as one of three Co-Coordinators for the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC). Walt is now helping to lead the effort to move the GGHC in a new direction in a world that contains a LEED for Healthcare. He is also on a California HBSB committee established to create their green healthcare regulations. Walt is currently leading the transformation of his company into the Climate Change Consulting field, recently leading the effort to help St. Joseph Health System create a statewide facility greenhouse gas emissions inventory for reporting to the California Climate Registry. Walt has spoken at many different conferences, particularly on the subject of implementing sustainable strategies into healthcare facilities, including Greenbuild 2006.

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