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Decarbonizing Healthcare Facilities: Mara Baum Presents ASHE/ASHRAE Decarbonization Design Guide at 2024 PDC Summit

February 6, 2024

Join DIALOG’s Mara Baum, partner and architect, and a panel of subject matter experts as they present the ASHE/ASHRAE Decarbonization Design Guide at the Planning, Design, and Construction (PDC) Summit on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in San Diego.

Event Details

Date:                              Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Time:                              9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PT
Location:                        San Diego Convention Center, 111 Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101

Click HERE to register for the event.

ASHE/ASHRAE Decarbonization Design Guide

The new imperative for all healthcare facilities is decarbonization.

Every major medical organization in the country, and in the world, including the American Hospital Association and the American Society for Health Care Engineering, are supporting the healthcare decarbonization imperative. The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) has partnered with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to decarbonize healthcare facilities.

In the session, leaders managing the project committee for the effort, as well as subject matter experts who have contributed to the guide will present the work, including its most difficult elements – heat, steam, and emergency power.

The guidebook is expected to be released in April 2024.


  1. Describe the ASHRAE Building Decarbonization Task force and its alliance with ASHE.
  2. Describe the most critical challenges to decarbonizing hospital buildings and their solutions.
  3. Describe the movement towards building performance standards and ways to tailor them to the needs of healthcare buildings and their owners.
  4. Describe some strategies to decarbonize existing buildings.


  • Walt Vernon, CEO, Mazzetti
  • Kara Brooks, Senior Associate Director, Sustainability, ASHE
  • Timothy Peglow, Associate Vice President for Patient Care and Prevention Facilities, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Mara Baum, Partner and Architect, Sustainability, DIALOG
  • Heather Burpee, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington, Integrated Design Lab

About The PDC Summit

The PDC Summit brings together thousands working in all disciplines of healthcare planning, design, and construction to advance the healthcare built environment — mirroring real-life stakeholder collaboration across varied professions and career stages — in one centralized place.