ST. FRANCIS eastside Earns EPA's Energy Star Certification
Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside has earned the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star Certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels.
System-wide, Bon Secours Health System's cumulative savings in energy costs exceed $1.1 million. Energy Star calculates that every dollar a non-profit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to $20 in new revenues for hospitals.
These energy saving measures have had a positive impact on the environment and or entire community. By making thoughtful choices, St. Francis is able to allot more of its budget to fulfill its mission to be Good Help to Those in Need, providing compassionate, high quality patient care.
Since joining Energy Star in 2006, ST. FRANCIS eastside increased its energy star rating from 32 to 84 by managing energy strategically throughout the entire facility and by making cost-effective improvements to its building:
- 85% reduction in HVAC-related service calls by adopting a proactive approach to equipment repair and upgrades
- Up to 25% reduction annually in chiller operation through initiating a chiller optimization program
- 22% reduction in energy consumption as a result of partnerships with local businesses
- Continuous monitoring and analysis of various systems - steam traps, temperature settings, generator testing - as well as energy audits and monthly reviews of energy utilization
- Introducing a corporate-wide energy awareness program with mandatory employee education
These diligent measures have resulted in a reduction of 24,534 million BTUs at the facility since 2009.
ST. FRANCIS eastside also recieved two ASHE E2C awards in 2011 from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering for reducing energy consumption by 15 percent and 20 percent.
About Energy Star
Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year alone, Americans, with the hlep of Energy Star, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 34 million vehicles. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commerical and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-effiecient specification set by the EPA. Learn more about Energy Star Certification for Commercial Buildings >>