Western Health today announced completion of the construction phase of a $5.8-million energy saving and facility renewal program with Honeywell spanning 12 buildings throughout the region. The program, which involved infrastructure upgrades designed to reduce energy consumption, is expected to reduce utility bills by $374,000 per year, representing 10.3% of electricity and oil costs.
Western Health will use the energy savings the program produces to pay for the work. The savings are guaranteed by Honeywell through a 12-year performance contract with the regional health authority, creating a self-funded program with minimal financial risk.
As a result of the building improvements, Western Health’s greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by nearly 523 metric tons per year, the equivalent of removing approximately 175 medium-sized cars from the road, according to Environment Canada.
“We are pleased that several buildings throughout the Western region are now more energy efficient, as a result of the work completed in this project,” said Devon Goulding, Vice-President of Finance and Support Services and Chief Financial Officer. “An added benefit is the improvements to our facilities to make them more comfortable for our staff, clients, patients, residents and their families.”
The facility upgrades and conservation measures include:
· Lighting upgrade
· Building automation system recommissioning and expansion
· Various mechanical equipment upgrades
· Building envelope improvements
· Central plant upgrades including new steam boiler and chiller
“Rising utility and operating costs create a budget challenge for any organization, especially hospitals, which can’t afford to divert funding away from healthcare services,” said Luis Rodrigues, Vice President of Honeywell Energy Services Group. “We’re pleased to be able to help Western Health cut costs and demonstrate environmental stewardship in the process.”