TEGH project wins Conservation Bureau's Certificate of Recognition
Wednesday, November 29th 2006 2:53:14pm
TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2006 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) today introduced an award-winning energy retrofit and facility renewal program that will help the hospital upgrade its facilities, cut its utility bills and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
The $9.5 million, 15-year program is expected to save the hospital more than $880,000 annually in operating costs. This money will initially be used to finance facility improvements, including automating HVAC control, upgrading a chiller plant, and installing new fixtures and equipment to reduce water consumption. Honeywell guarantees the savings under an energy performance contract with the hospital so the work will not impact capital budgets.
The program also will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 3,000 tonnes per year. According to Environment Canada, the environmental impact of this reduction is equivalent to removing more than 475 cars from the road.
"This program supports our desire to provide high quality care to our patients and community," said Rob Devitt, President & CEO, Toronto East General Hospital. "Working with Honeywell to reduce energy consumption and improve our facilities is part of TEGH's commitment to the development and sustainability of a healthy workplace. We're excited about being a leader in environmental stewardship."
Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer, presented the hospital with a certificate of recognition for reducing electricity consumption. "The energy retrofit portion of this project should save the hospital almost 4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year," Love said. "These extraordinary savings are possible when hospitals partner with companies like Honeywell to assist in the design and completion of retrofits and renewals."
Under the program, Honeywell will update TEGH facilities with a modern building automation system (BAS). This system will optimize energy efficiency and occupant comfort by automating the control and operation of heating, ventilation and cooling systems. The BAS can be integrated with security, life safety, financial and human resource databases to further drive productivity and reduce operating costs.
The company also will help TEGH reduce ozone depletion by replacing existing chillers, which contain chlorofluorocarbon-based refrigerants, with three new electric centrifugal chillers. This upgrade will reduce energy consumption as well.
In addition, to reduce water usage substantially while at the same time renewing infrastructure, Honeywell will replace plumbing fixtures and medical vacuum pumps, and eliminate city water waste in cooling equipment. The hospital will save an estimated 100 million cubic metres of water annually as a result. This makes TEGH eligible for the City of Toronto Water Saver Program, which means they could receive up to $130,000 in funding.
The program also includes communication and awareness initiatives to inform staff, patients and nearby residents about the hospital's efforts and success, and help ensure the energy conservation work will have a lasting effect on the community.
TEGH is the first health care organization in Canada to receive the Canada Award for Excellence for Organizational Quality and Wellness from the National Quality Institute. This award acknowledges the hospital's commitment to quality for its patients, staff and community. The energy retrofit and facility renewal program with Honeywell compliments the hospital's culture of continuous improvement.
"The Toronto East General Hospital is focused on strategic facility improvements and environmental protection," said Luis Rodrigues, Vice President of Energy Solutions for Honeywell Building Solutions. "Our program provides a means to effectively achieve these goals without adding costs - a win for the hospital and taxpayers."
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Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) is a large urban community teaching hospital serving a diverse, multi-cultural population of 400,000. In January 2004, TEGH celebrated 75 years of service to the South East Toronto community. TEGH is affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and other educational institutions. TEGH is a regional partner of the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (TSRCC).
As a community teaching hospital, TEGH has 500 beds comprised of a wide range of services including; Ambulatory (outpatient) and Community Services, Maternal/Newborn/Child, Mental Health, Complex Continuing Care and Short-Term Rehab and Surgery. TEGH is committed to the highest standards of patient care, teaching, community partnership and accountability: above all, we care.
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