Evaluation of energy consumption in German hospitals: benchmarking in the public sector

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Evaluation of energy consumption in German hospitals: benchmarking in the public sector

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Title: Evaluation of energy consumption in German hospitals: benchmarking in the public sector
Author: González González, Alfonso; García Sanz-Calcedo, Justo; Rodríguez Salgado, David
Abstract: La utilización de puntos de referencia en la gestión de las instalaciones de atención de la salud permite una comparación inmediata entre los hospitales. La evaluación comparativa permite determinar su consumo de energía previsto y estimar el posible margen de ahorro. En el período 2005-2015, se estudiaron 90 Eco-Auditorías de la UE de 23 hospitales públicos de Alemania para analizar el consumo de energía relacionado con las condiciones meteorológicas, la superficie construida, el producto interno bruto (PIB), la ubicación geográfica (GL), el número de camas y el número de empleados. Los resultados revelan que el consumo energético anual medio de un hospital en condiciones normales, tanto climáticas como operativas, es de 0,27 MWh/m2, 14,37 MWh/trabajador y 23,41 MWh/cama. El indicador dependiente del número de camas resultó ser el más adecuado como referencia para cuantificar el consumo energético de un hospital.The use of benchmarking in the management of healthcare facilities enables immediate comparison between hospitals. Benchmarking allows ascertaining their expected energy consumption and estimating the possible savings margin. In the 2005–2015 period, 90 EU Eco-Audits of 23 public hospitals in Germany were studied to analyze the energy consumption related with weather conditions, built surface area, gross domestic product (GDP), geographic location (GL), bed numbers, and employee numbers. The results reveal that the average annual energy consumption of a hospital under normal conditions, both climatic and operational, is 0.27 MWh/m2, 14.37 MWh/worker, and 23.41 MWh/bed. The indicator dependent on the number of beds proved to be the most suitable as a reference to quantify the energy consumption of a hospital.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/10221
Date: 2018


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