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Hingston, P 2001 , 'Tasmanian energy audits : analysis of aged care buildings', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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One of the major contributors to energy consumption in commercial buildings is the
health care sector. Within this sector, aged care organisations are second only to
hospitals in terms of energy consumption. However, very little research has been
conducted in Australia on energy performance in aged care organisations. Hence this
study investigates the potential for reducing energy consumption in Tasmanian aged
care buildings. Energy audits were conducted in four Tasmanian aged care buildings
in Hobart. Energy use per unit floor area in Tasmanian aged care organisations was
used as an energy consumption index to allow direct comparisons to be made with
countries with the best practice energy standards. The 25% of aged care buildings
with the lowest energy consumption levels from each of Denmark and United
Kingdom were chosen as benchmarks. It was found that the average Tasmanian aged
care organisation consumed around 235 kWh/m 2per year which is at least 63
kWh/m2per year more than these benchmarks. Most of the 63 kWh/m2energy
reduction target can be achieved through energy saving investments with short
payback periods, such as sealing vented skylights, installing hot water flow control
valves, HPS for outdoor lighting, and controlled flow shower roses, together with
improving their energy management and housekeeping. Medium term measures, such
as additional roof insulation and installing CFL for residential room lighting, may
also be required to meet all of the target.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Hingston, P
Keywords: Buildings, Buildings, Older people, Older people
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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