Operation Factors Can Lower Cost. Beyond the facility design, operational factors can yield major cost savings. Design practices, such as low-pressure drop filtering systems, premium efficiency motors, and right-sized distribution systems, impact lifelong costs to the building. In the University of Nebraska example, “putting the building to sleep” during off-hours reduced energy costs. If building codes allow for this type of design, the administration will appreciate the efficient use of resources that impact the bottom line. The university’s in-house control group has been integral to designing a solution that sleeps during off hours but is immediately available when needed. By integrating energy efficiency with the building controls, the project team has created a system that manages the building based on occupancy. The automated system senses peak hours of occupancy but is capable of overriding these controls when necessary.
Eric Sherman, PE outlines healthcare design strategies to break down complexity for system optimization on outpatient facilities.