CHA News Article

Proposed Energy Regulations for Hospitals Addressed in CHA Forum
Comment period open through Oct. 20

CHA hosted a member forum on Oct. 11 —  presented by Gabriel Taylor from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Diana Scaturro from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Facilities Development Division — on new proposed energy regulations. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, all new health care facility construction will be subject to California Energy Code regulations that may affect an array of features, including the building envelope, lighting and controls, energy efficiency ratings, commissioning and performance modeling. The two state departments have been collaborating on the development of these regulations, given OSHPD’s role as the state building official for hospitals. In addition, OSHPD established a Hospital Building Safety Board energy subcommittee, with industry and other key stakeholders, as a forum for the development process. The CEC also presented the proposed regulations to the California Society of Healthcare Engineering Executive Committee and other hospital engineers for feedback. In this pre-rulemaking phase, the proposed regulations are open for public comment through Oct. 20; comments may be submitted online.