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NHS Guidance document on making energy work in healthcare

last modified Sep 07, 2015 12:47 PM
NHS Guidance document on making energy work in healthcare

Photo Credit: NHS guidance Document "Making energy work in healthcare (HTM 07-02)"

Staff from the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Department of Architecture have revised the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 07-02 for the Department of Health. The new document ‘Health Technical Memorandum 07-02: EnCO2de 2015 – making energy work in healthcare’ is divided into two parts and it provides guidance on managing responsible energy use within the health sector.

This document is the primary guidance on energy efficiency in healthcare facilities in England. It has been produced as a guide to all issues relating to the procurement and management of energy in the NHS and energy efficiency in new build and existing buildings.

The aim of Encode 2015 is to ensure that everyone involved in managing, procuring, designing and using buildings and equipment in the NHS, considers climate change adaptation and mitigation, whilst prioritising patients’ health and wellbeing.

The new HTM 07-02 reflects the latest carbon reduction targets set on a national and NHS level. It includes an update on the latest low and zero carbon technologies and lessons learnt from their use to date. Encode 2015 incorporates the learning from projects implemented under the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) which was undertaken during 2013/2014. It includes observations, lessons learnt and examples of good practice following the role of the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Department of Architecture in monitoring the EEF.

Encode 2015 provides information on policy regarding energy efficiency in the healthcare sector, as well as organisational carbon management, building energy management and behaviour change in healthcare environments. It includes energy efficiency in new build and the refurbishment of existing buildings, as well as energy efficient building services and low and zero carbon technologies. Finally, this document highlights the significance of patients’ comfort in healthcare buildings, especially under adverse weather conditions affected by climate change.

The project is led by Professors Alan Short and Peter Guthrie. Dr Sebastian Macmillan and Eleni Soulti are co-authors of the HTM 07-02 document.

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