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Energy performance of medium-sized healthcare buildings in Victoria, Australia- a case study

, : Energy performance of medium-sized healthcare buildings in Victoria, Australia- a case study. Journal of Healthcare Engineering 5(2): 247-260

This paper investigates the energy performance of three medium-sized healthcare buildings in Victoria, Australia, that operate only during the daytime. The aim is to provide preliminary understanding of energy consumption in this particular typology in Australia in relation to the available benchmarks. This paper also identifies the differences of energy consumption between different functional areas within medium health facilities. Building features and operational characteristics contributing to the variations in healthcare energy performance are discussed. The total annual energy consumption data ranging from 167-306 kWh/m(2) or 42-72 kWh/m(3) were compared against international data from various climatic zones. Some of the drivers of energy consumption were determined and potentials for energy and water conservation were identified. Comparison with international standards shows a possibility to achieve lower energy consumption in Victorian healthcare buildings.


PMID: 24918186

DOI: 10.1260/2040-2295.5.2.247

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