Hospital Building Safety Board (HBSB)

Upcoming Meeting Information

The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2018. A meeting agenda and meeting materials for this meeting are located on the HBSB Upcoming Committee Meetings page.

About HBSB

EndThe Hospital Building Safety Board (HBSB or Board) was established by Senate Bill 519 (Alquist) in the original Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1973.

The purpose of the Board is to:
  • Advise the Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) on the administration of the Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act, and

Act as a board of appeals with regard to seismic safety and fire and life safety issues relating to hospital facilities.

The Board is comprised of:
  • Sixteen board members appointed by the Director of OSHPD from nominations submitted by professional associations, as specified in the Health and Safety Code, and three more are appointed as public members.
  • Six statutory ex-officio members, representing state agencies whose programs interface with the hospital design and construction program.
  • Three additional ex-officio members appointed by the Director of OSHPD as desired. These appointed Board members serve 4-year terms with a maximum of two terms.

Board members maintain close contact with professional groups and important industry organizations to attention to changes and emerging issues occurring in the design and construction of health facilities in California.

The full Board meets on an as needed basis. Additionally, committee meetings are held throughout the year. All meetings are open to the public and interested parties are always welcome to attend.

Go to the OSHPD subscription page and choose Hospital Building Safety Board News to receive HBSB news and information.

Energy Conservation & Management Committee

Committee Goals

  • Develop innovative strategies and solutions in partnership with the healthcare industry to identify and deploy energy management projects at hospitals, while maintaining health and safety standards.
  • Evaluate statutory and regulatory code to identify opportunities where OSHPD has existing authority and flexibility to approve innovative strategies and pilot projects that would result in energy savings in hospitals.
  • Evaluate existing Alternate Method of Compliance projects and industry best practices for potential expansion to other hospitals and health facilities.
  • Consider future amendments to statute and regulatory code that would achieve energy savings and maintain facility health and safety.

Activities & Resources

To see committee activities as well as previous committee meeting information, go to the HBSB Meeting Archives page.

Energy Conservation Recommendations

  1. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is available to assist with evaluating energy saving products for efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Click on the button below to contact the CEC if desired
    Go to  the CA Energy Commission website
  2. Furthermore, the California Energy Commission is soliciting ideas for improving energy efficiency for hospitals. If you have an idea you would like to share, please contact Gabriel D. Taylor at
  3. During the June 17, 2016 meeting the committee discussed extreme heat conditions in Southern California and the probable inadequate supply of natural gas in Southern California which may lead to “brown outs” or “black outs” for electrical power. A request was made for any suggestions or recommendations that hospitals may immediately take to reduce natural gas consumption. None were received at the meeting. FDD has provided this location on its website where hospitals may post any suggestions or recommendations that may arise after having time to consider the issue and to discuss it with their hospital engineers.

Additional recommendations should be emailed to the FDD Regulations Unit at

HBSB Staff

Ken Yu
Executive Director
(916) 440-8443

Evett Torres
Support Staff
(916) 440-8453

Joanne Jolls
Support Staff
(916) 440-8446

2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 800
Sacramento, California 95833
(916) 440-8453
Fax (916) 324-9118