Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded the ENERGY STAR label by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2011. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality and create a more patient-friendly environment, Memorial Hermann Katy made extensive energy management changes on its campus, including:
Optimization of variable speed drives, air conditioning and heating systems, which has reduced overall energy consumption by 34 percent while maintaining patient comfort.
Optimization of heating systems, including temperature, pressure, and flow that has reduced natural gas consumption by 75 percent.
Similar to residential cooling and heating units, the facility initiated scheduling changes to automatically turn off hospital air conditioning systems and adjust space temperatures when areas are not being used by patients and staff.
Developed an automated air conditioning temperature optimization program to continuously adjust set points in response to outside weather (temperature) conditions.
Overall Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 30 percent as a result of this energy efficiency initiative.
“Memorial Hermann Katy is pleased to accept the EPAâ€™s ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,â€ says Scott Barbe, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.â€
By awarding facilities the ENERGY STAR label, the EPA recognizes facilities that meet strict energy performance standards. ENERGY STAR facilities must use less energy, be less expensive to operate, and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. To earn the label, facilities must be in the top 25 percent of their peers in energy efficiency according to the EPAâ€™s energy performance scale. By improving efficiency, facilities can save energy and money and help fight climate change.
â€œMemorial Hermann is proud to participate in the Energy Star program,â€ says Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann System Executive of Engineering. â€œWe consider excellence in energy efficiency a compliment to our efforts to provide greater Houston area residents with the most advanced and innovative care possible. As of today, only seven hospitals in Texas and 43 nation-wide have achieved the Energy Star designation. Â Memorial Hermann Katyâ€™s rating of â€˜80â€™ denotes its performance in the top 20 percent of energy efficiency in the nation.â€
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