Opportunities to Advance the Building Energy Efficiency Market in the Health Care Sector

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January 07, 2013
By: John Cleveland, Innovation Network for Communities, and James Irwin, COWS

This report presents recommendations on potential high impact philanthropic
investments to advance deep building energy efficiency improvements at scale within
the healthcare sector. It is one of five reports being developed for a coalition of six
philanthropies that are collaborating to see what they - and others - might do to rapidly
increase and scale the energy efficiency retrofit market for buildings in the United States.

 

These philanthropies are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Energy Foundation,
Kresge Foundation, Living Cities, MacArthur Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation.
The other sectors for which market development strategies are being developed include:
commercial office, commercial retail, single-family residential, and multifamily residential.

 

In the summer of 2012, expert panels of 10-12 individuals were convened for each of
these sub-segments. These panels developed recommendations on priority approaches
and research needs for each sector. The recommendations in this and the other
segment reports build upon these initial ideas.


The process used to develop these recommendations included background research on
energy efficiency strategies for the healthcare sector and interviews with 33 participants
in the sector, representing healthcare systems, NGOs, trade associations, service
providers and utilities. The interviews solicited feedback on the recommendations from
the expert panel as well as other ideas the interviewees had on how to advance this
market.