posted on July 09, 2013 11:26
CONWAY, SC – Conway Medical Center (CMC) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection 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 set by the EPA.
CMC is only one of three hospitals in the state to earn this designation and only one of 186 nationwide. To be eligible for this award the CMC building had to meet requirements in building designation, operation characteristics and energy data. CMC also had a Licensed Professional verify that all energy use is accounted for accurately, that the building characteristics have been properly reported, that the building is fully functional in accordance with industry standards, and that each of the indoor environment criteria has been met.
CMC implemented several changes to reduce energy usage in helping to become Energy Star certified including; reduced space conditioning in unoccupied areas and implemented night setbacks in areas unoccupied after normal business hours, evaluated and replaced aging steam traps as necessary, replaced two 30 plus year old boilers with more energy efficient boilers, added occupancy sensors in non-patients rooms, installed variable speed drives on several pumps, replaced T-12 lamps on two hospital floors with more efficient T-8 lamps and several other changes.
“We are extremely proud to accept the EPA’s Energy Star Certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” states Kevin Lovett, FACHE, vice president of general service for CMC. “It’s important to us to be a good steward of the environment, and this is one more step in actively promoting a healthier community. We will continue to look for ways to minimize our carbon footprint and stay on top of these achievements.”