Association of Energy Engineers NYC Chapter Names Hospital Project ‘Energy Project of the Year’
June 21, 2013
A project at Continuum Health Partners - Beth Israel Brooklyn supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has been named Energy Project of the Year by the New York City chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
The Energy Project of the Year recognizes an innovative energy management project that has been in operation for at least six months and can be substantiated with actual installation costs and operating savings. This award was presented to Continuum Heath Partners for its Go Green initiative at Beth Israel Brooklyn on June 18 at AEE’s Annual Award Gala in New York City.
This $4.1 million investment in energy improvements at Beth Israel Brooklyn, including more than $640,000 in funding from NYSERDA, improve the patient care experience, occupant comfort and air quality, and save $600,000 in energy costs annually, according to Continuum Health.
“Congratulations to Continuum Health Partners for this recognition of its impressive energy project at Beth Israel Brooklyn,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “This project enables the hospital to better serve the community and supports Governor Cuomo’s call for increased sustainability and energy reliability at critical healthcare facilities. We are proud of our partnership to increase the use of clean energy, reduce energy use and cut operational costs at this Continuum Health facility.”
“The awards committee and board were impressed with the comprehensiveness of Beth Israel’s project. Changing from steam to hydronic is a big job in a vacant building, and a huge challenge in a “live” building. To take this on in an occupied facility with a critical environment is an enormous task and they made it happen,” said Fredric Goldner, NY-AEE Chapter Awards Committee Chair and Past International President.
The hospital was facing the growing need to replace several old inefficient boilers, as well as rising electricity costs. Continuum Health partnered with Ecosystem, a firm of energy efficiency specialists, to develop a combined heat and power (CHP) system that generates heat and electricity. The hospital also replaced the steam distribution system with a more efficient hot water system, including automated controls and variable speed drives; optimized boiler operation; and replaced inefficient lighting systems. The CHP system provides diversification of energy usage, enhances reliability and makes Beth Israel a community leader in sustainability.
Beth Israel Medical Center President Harris M. Nagler, MD, said, “This project reinforces our commitment to reducing energy costs while being environmentally friendly.”
“Continuum Health Partners and NYSERDA deserve a lot of credit for leading the way with cutting-edge international best practices,” said Andre Rochette, Ecosystem's President and CEO. “Beth Israel Brooklyn is now a best-in-class example of energy efficiency, demonstrating the enormous potential of whole-building, deep energy retrofits: much higher savings, lower costs and close collaboration between industry professionals, client staff and supporting agencies.”
Funding for this project was provided through NYSERDA’s FlexTech, Existing Facilities and CHP Performance Programs. These programs comprise a portfolio of incentive opportunities to offset the costs of energy analysis and improvements in commercial and institutional facilities across New York State. NYSERDA works with customers to implement comprehensive strategies that work to enhance the customer mission in an energy-efficient manner. Luthin Associates, a NYSERDA Building Outreach contractor, assisted in the project as well by providing technical assistance to both Continuum and Ecosystem.
About Continuum Health Partners - Beth Israel Brooklyn
Continuum Health Partners, Inc. was formed in 1997 as a partnership of Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital and added The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in 1999. It offers a broad-based, fully integrated health services network throughout the New York City metropolitan region. The hospitals deliver inpatient care through nearly 2,180 certified beds located in seven major facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn, while also providing outpatient care in private practice settings and ambulatory centers.
Beth Israel Brooklyn is a 212‐bed community hospital that offers high quality medicine and surgery services to the residents of Brooklyn. It features the latest technology ‐ an outstanding intensive care unit, new digital mammography equipment and state‐of‐the‐art radiology and endoscopy suites – as well as excellent patient‐centered care. The hospital is part of the Continuum Health Partners system.
Ecosystem is an independent and award-winning firm of energy efficiency professionals with offices in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City. Over the last 20 years, the firm has focused exclusively on the integrated delivery of high-performance buildings through deeper energy retrofits. On average, Ecosystem’s projects reduce energy costs by a third while providing attractive opportunities for self-funding asset renewal. Project investments are reimbursed by savings and incentives—and the results are always guaranteed. For more information, visit www.ecosystem-energy.com or contact Melissa Goyette at 212-786-7616 or Melissa.Goyette@ecosystem-energy.com.
About the Association of Energy Engineers
The Association of Energy Engineers is a nonprofit professional society founded in 1977 that promotes the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and fosters action for sustainable development.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.