The Northport VA Medical Center Handles a Cooling Tower Crisis

Carl Weinschenk

On March 10, 2015, The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was presented with a big problem: The piping connecting four cooling towers that served two buildings on the large campus ruptured and lost all cooling capacity. The buildings are part of a nearly century old, 200-building, 1.4 million square foot facility on a 253-acre site on the   …Continue Reading

NYC Hospitals Reduce Energy Use by 10 Percent

Carl Weinschenk

A number of strategies – including new boilers, deployment of LEDs and new steam traps – have led to significant gains.

Hospitals Should Use the Internet of Things – But Very Carefully

Carl Weinschenk

If deployed with security in mind, the IoT can be a boon for healthcare facilities. If not, it is a time bomb.  

Energy Efficiency’s Healthcare Facility Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

It is possible to cut energy use and improve the safety and comfort of patients.

CT Hospital, Soltage, Tenaska Unveil Solar Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, has unveiled a solar plant that will generate almost 535,000 kilowatts (kW) of electricity annually. The plant is expected to save more than $600,000 during the next 20 years. The 1,485-panel project was funded by a grant from the Connecticut Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit (ZREC).   …Continue Reading

New Green Advancements in Hospital Environments

Dixie Somers

The call for industries to become eco-friendly has not fallen on deaf ears. Any organization that wants to remain relevant to the population it serves is trying to meet this new demand. This includes healthcare. Hospitals and nursing home facilities face unique challenges when it comes to using ecologically sound practices. About 15 percent of   …Continue Reading

Hospitals’ Energy Efficiency Prescriptions are Working

Carl Weinschenk

Healthcare facilities are beyond mission-critical. They are life and death. Despite this demanding mandate, some are increasing their energy efficiency.

Cooltech Introduces Magnetic Cooling System

Carl Weinschenk

Cooltech has introduced its first commercial magnetic cooling system.

Boston Medical Center Using Veolia Cogeneration

Carl Weinschenk

The Boston Medical Center, which is a 496-bed academic institution in the South End of the city, is using Veolia’s “Green Steam” combined heat and power for thermal energy, the company said.

Hospital Energy Costs are Growing — But Can Be Managed

Carl Weinschenk

Hospitals are unique users of energy: They never close, use more energy-intensive equipment than other businesses and have demanding environmental requirements. In addition, the Affordable Care Act is pressuring budgets. With that demanding dynamic as a backdrop, Grumman/Butkus Associates released a study last week that found that the proportion of a hospital’s budget that is   …Continue Reading