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GGHC Announces Prescriptive Paths to Energy Points

The Green Guide for Healthcare (GGHC) has announced two new prescriptive paths for achieving energy optimization points in its self-certification program for healthcare facilities (see


Vol. 14, No. 1). Buildings over 70,000 ft2 (6,500 m2) can achieve two points in the energy optimization credit using prescribed measures that include low lighting-power density, high-performance windows, occupancy sensors, central variable-air-volume air handlers, and high-efficiency boilers, among others. Buildings under 70,000 ft2 (6,500 m2) can achieve the same two points using the

Core Performance Guide from the New Buildings Institute (see


Vol. 16, No. 12). Both paths lead to approximately 14% energy savings over the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 standard. LEED for Healthcare, the U.S. Green Building Council’s similar third-party rating system, also incorporates the measure in its draft version (see


Vol. 17, No. 1). More information is available at

Published February 3, 2008

Wendt, A. (2008, February 3). GGHC Announces Prescriptive Paths to Energy Points. Retrieved from

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