Hospital buildings are a 24/7, energy-intensive operation. Sterilisation, heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation don’t ever stop running.
Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) is showing leadership by investing in management systems to reduce energy consumption, providing savings to the organisation and reducing overall energy demand.
In 2013 CCDHB began a strategic energy management programme to reduce its utilities use and costs. The following year, it initiated a number of projects that significantly reduced overall utilities use at Wellington Regional Hospital.
From 2014 to 2016, electricity use was reduced by 5 million kWh, equivalent to savings of 785 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Key projects contributing to this success include: a new building management system in Wellington Regional Hospital which reduced energy consumption by over 10%; the replacement of over 4,000 fluorescent tubes with modern LEDs which reduced electricity costs by approximately $37,000; and savings on gas with a burner replacement project, which is forecast to offset 1.2GHW per annum.
Capital & Coast District Health Board is a finalist in the Mega Efficiency Impact category of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.