The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Healthy Buildings Toolkit supports the identification of energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) upgrades to improve business cases by leveraging savings from productivity gains and reductions in utility expenditures.

Energy efficiency and occupant health have often been seen as competing priorities. However, there are many modern building systems and operational solutions that can both reduce energy consumption and improve occupant health. Holistic building planning is a cornerstone for expanding sustainable infrastructure that supports occupant well-being.

FEMP is conducting pilot studies for the Healthy Buildings Toolkit for healthcare facilities to improve the Healthy Buildings and Energy Support Tool (H-BEST) as a resource for federal facilities. FEMP is partnering with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to collect indoor environmental data within active healthcare environments and hospitals. For the first study, the VHA site team includes Jeff Means, senior energy manager, and Danielle Campbell, interior designer, at the LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan (VAMC Ann Arbor). FEMP and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have been working with the site team to deploy sensors and an occupant survey on one floor of an inpatient intensive care unit and are getting ready to transition to a second building at the site. All teams are collaborating remotely and are compiling lessons learned on how to conduct a successful virtual audit without traveling to a site. After completing the Ann Arbor pilot, the team will go the Bedford VA Medical Center for the second pilot study.

Healthy Buildings Toolkit
Provides customized estimates for the financial savings and non-monetary benefits related to improving IEQ and occupant productivity.
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Healthy Buildings Resources
Lists resources for achieving healthy buildings, including presentations, documents, and training.
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Healthy Buildings Pilot Study Reports
Provides real-world examples to help interested parties understand the value and application of healthy building analysis and tools.
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Case Studies
Browse case studies of successful federal projects.
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