Since hospitals operate 24/7 they consume 2.5 times the energy of an equivalent commercial building. But medical facilities can provide state-of-the-art treatment while minimizing energy and water use if the right decisions are made at the design stage. EDGE enables healthcare facilities to target those areas where technologies can significantly reduce energy bills and help facility managers stay within tight budgets.
EDGE relies on the number of beds, floors and occupancy rates, as well as the size of operating rooms, intensive care units and diagnostic services, to create a base case model. Several types of medical facilities can be EDGE certified, including a public, private or multi-specialty hospital, an eye care or dental practice, or a clinic or diagnostic center.
The aim is to engineer a facility that provides the highest standards of healthcare without wasting resources. That is why for hospitals in emerging markets, EDGE is a wise decision to make.