Energy upgrades support a healthy environment all around

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Campbellford Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) vision is to be a recognized leader in rural health care, creating a healthy community through service excellence, effective partnerships and the development of innovative hospital services. Included in the hospital’s focus on creating a healthy community is reducing its energy and water use. Thanks to a number of significant initiatives introduced in the past year, the hospital is doing just that, while achieving significant operating savings along the way.

Campbellford Memorial Hospital is a 34-bed health-care facility located in Trent Hills, Ontario. It serves approximately 30,000 area residents, as well as a large seasonal population of cottagers and tourists enjoying the beautiful Kawartha Lakes Region and the Trent River System. As the only hospital located between Belleville and Peterborough, Ontario, CMH provides a comprehensive array of acute care services. The Hospital’s 24-hour emergency department has approximately 22,000 visits each year.

“Our commitment to creating a healthy community extends beyond health care. We are equally committed to ensuring we do our part to support the larger environment we live and work in,” says Kelly Isfan, Campbellford Memorial Hospital president and CEO.

Under an Energy Performance Contract signed with MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd, a $1.8M Energy and Water Management Project was launched in 2007 and completed in 2008. Working with MCW, hospital administrators designed a package of equipment upgrades aimed at reducing the hospital’s energy and water use while renewing its aging physical infrastructure. Grants from Natural Resources Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Hydro One Networks Inc. were also used to help offset the project cost.

“We’re very pleased with the progress we’ve achieved so far. Our investment in this project has translated into annual savings for the hospital of over $100,000, and notably, the reduction of 300 tonnes of greenhouse gasses.” says Isfan. “This program was only possible thanks to the funding made available by the Trent Hills community and the Municipal Health Levy which was introduced in 2005. This support enabled the hospital to replace critical HVAC and control equipment which directly serves two operating rooms with new state of the art, energy efficient equipment.”

Milestones achieved to date include:

• Lighting has been upgraded to T-8 and electronic ballasts, incandescent lamps were replaced with compact fluorescents and exit signs were replaced with LED technology. Occupancy sensors have also been installed to turn out lights when spaces are unoccupied.

• An outdated Building Automation System has been replaced and expanded to allow precise, reliable and energy efficient control of all major mechanical systems.

• Two existing steam boilers used to produce central steam for the kitchen, sterilization for labs and space humidification were originally designed to also produce central steam for an in house laundry facility which is no longer in operation. These boilers were replaced with new, properly sized efficient boilers.

• Two independent heating plants designed to provide heat to the original hospital and a 1985 addition to the hospital have now been linked which eliminates the need to run boilers unnecessarily. The hospital can now provide heat most of the year by running only one of the boiler plants which results in lower energy use, operation and maintenance savings as well as less exhaust gases being exhausted to the atmosphere.

• An existing air handling unit (AHU) which served the two hospital operating rooms, in addition to five other zones, has been replaced with two variable air volume air systems which now allows zones to be scheduled independent of one another. The addition of HEPA filters and Ultraviolet (UV) lamps to the new AHUs has resulted in improved indoor air quality which has a direct impact on patient safety, improves reliability in clinical areas and reduces the potential for air-borne infections within the hospital.

• The roof on the original building has been replaced and insulation upgraded to reduce heat loss.

• The building envelope has been sealed to reduce heat loss through doors, windows and penetrations in the building shell.

• New low flow toilets were installed to reduce water use.

The savings achieved so far include:

• 1.3 Million equivalent kWh (electricity and gas combined) which is equivalent to saving over 1,200 full sized trees.

• Electricity savings of 512,000 kWh and 425 kW which is enough energy to run 51 electrically heated homes for one year.

• Gas savings of 80,035 m3 which is equivalent to the amount of green house gas that would be reduced by taking 55 cars off the road every year.

• Water savings of 13,218 m3 which is enough water to fill four Olympic sized pools or meet the needs of 111 persons for one year.

“Clearly, this work not only benefits the hospital’s financial health, but also our environment both within and around the hospital,” says Isfan. “Our future plans for the hospital will include thinking ‘green’ wherever possible.”