November 13, 2009
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) presented the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a High Performance Building Plaque today in recognition of the significant energy efficiency measures incorporated into the construction of its newest research facility. Using $400,000 of incentives from NYSERDA, Albert Einstein was able to reduce its electricity consumption in the building at an annual savings estimated at $144,000.
Through NYSERDA’s New Construction program, Albert Einstein received financial incentives to offset the energy efficiency measures in its recently constructed Price Center for Genetic and Translation Medicine, including high efficiency lighting with daylighting controls and occupancy sensors, a heat recovery system, high efficiency motors, and a high efficiency cooling system powered by steam, among others.
“Albert Einstein is not only one of our nation’s premier healthcare institutions, but it is also a leader in helping New York reduce our carbon footprint. The High Performance Building Plaque presented to Albert Einstein College of Medicine today underscores the potential for our State’s healthcare facilities to conserve energy through improved efficiency without sacrificing quality healthcare,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA applauds Albert Einstein for its commitment to improve energy efficiency throughout the campus and we look forward to partnering with more healthcare facilities as we work to realize the aggressive energy efficiency goals advanced by Governor David A. Paterson.”
“Albert Einstein is totally committed to reducing is impact on the planet,” said Salvatore Ciampo, Senior Director of Facilities Management. “Through creative thinking and hard engineering we have committed our resources to the reduction of greenhouse gasses. One way to achieve this is less consumption of electricity.” The Price Center, with its magnificent architecture and ultra-modern laboratory space is considered the crown jewel of the institution.
Albert Einstein is the nineteenth recipient of a High Performance Building Plaque, which are presented to hospitals, libraries, schools and other institutions whose buildings are designed to perform at least 30 percent above the New York State Conservation Construction Code through improved energy efficiency and building energy management.
As a result of this investment, Albert Einstein is anticipated to reduce their energy consumption by more than 958,000 kWh per year, the equivalent to the electricity consumed by approximately 147 single family homes per year, and avoiding approximately 1,226 kW of peak summer demand.
Governor Paterson’s ’45 by 15’ clean energy policy calls for New York to reduce its electricity consumption by 15 percent and increase the proportion of clean renewable energy used by New York consumers to 30 percent by the year 2015. The policy is conservatively estimated to create 50,000 new jobs, while protecting our environment and making the State more energy independent and energy efficient.
NYSERDA’s New Construction program has awarded 19 High Performance Building Plaques to participating customers throughout the State. Previous recipients include Orange County Choppers, Bard College, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Woodland Hill Montessori School, Empire State College, and others. The program’s goal is to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed by offering technical support to building design teams and financial incentives to building owners. In addition, the program offers services and incentives to building owners and designers to encourage green building practices, as well as funding for commissioning, peak-load reduction, and advanced solar and daylighting technologies. State and local governments, schools, healthcare facilities, and not-for-profit organizations that pay into the System Benefits Charge are eligible for incentives.
For more information visit NYSERDA New Construction Program Page
Sal Graven, NYSERDA
518-862-1090 ext. 3331
Michael Heller, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Last Updated: 11/26/2012