Kaleida Health Designs Energy Efficiency into Two Building Projects to Reduce Annual Operating Costs by $245,000 and Save Energy

NYSERDA Funding Helps Offset Cost of Energy-Efficiency Measures
at Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan Skilled Nursing Facility

September 12, 2013

Kaleida Health, the largest healthcare provider in Western New York, is projected to reduce annual operating costs at the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan by a total of $245,000 as a result of building high levels of energy efficiency into the facilities during construction.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided technical assistance during the design phase of the projects and awarded a total of $532,000 to Kaleida Health to help offset the cost of energy efficiency measures.

The 301,000-square-foot Gates Vascular Institute, next to the Buffalo General Medical Center, functions as the epicenter for the hospital’s heart, vascular and neurosurgery operations, and expands the hospital’s emergency room services. HighPointe on Michigan, a Kaleida Health skilled nursing facility, also on the medical campus, is a 209,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art long-term-care facility housing residents in a residential environment that includes outdoor gardens, courtyards and central living rooms.

Both projects are designed to use less energy, reduce operating costs, provide healthy inside air and minimize the impact on the environment.

The Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan are projected to use 1.6 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity and 8,622 million fewer Btu of natural gas than traditional construction without high-efficiency measures. The savings are equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 230 homes and heat used by 120 homes annually.

"NYSERDA’s funding allowed Kaleida Health to implement technologies that reduce the amount of energy used per square foot, thus significantly reducing the overall operational energy costs," said David C. Croston, VP and Chief Technology Officer for Kaleida Health.

The measures will provide energy-efficiencies in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. They are expected to make the Gates Vascular Institute almost 14 percent more efficient than New York State energy code requires and the skilled nursing facility 21 percent more efficient.

“NYSERDA congratulates Kaleida Health for its foresight in integrating energy efficiency into these new construction projects right from the start,” said Janet Joseph, Vice President of Technology and Strategic Planning, NYSERDA. “Governor Cuomo has stressed the importance of reducing energy consumption and increasing sustainability, and these projects will have a positive impact on the entire Western New York region.”

Funding for this project is through NYSERDA’s New Construction Program (NCP), which provides technical support to design teams and financial incentives to building owners involved in the construction of new or substantially renovated structures in New York State. NCP is a first-come, first-served program available to commercial, institutional and industrial sector customers of certain utilities. NCP incentives are paid out upon project completion. The intent of the program is not only to improve energy efficiency and green building practices, but to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed throughout the state. For more information, visit nyserda.ny.gov/ncp.

NYSERDA’s hospital and healthcare team helps hospitals identify opportunities for energy savings, evaluate return on investment, and develop and implement an energy action plan. It assists in project implementation and provides guidance on NYSERDA resources and funding.

Kaleida Health is the largest healthcare provider in Western New York, serving the area's eight counties with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive healthcare services. Its expert, compassionate healthcare professionals are committed to providing the best possible outcomes and experience for patients and visitors. More than one million sick or injured patients choose a Kaleida Health facility annually, including Buffalo General Medical CenterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., DeGraff Memorial HospitalLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., Gates Vascular InstituteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., Millard Fillmore Suburban HospitalLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.Women & Children's Hospital of BuffaloLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and numerous community healthcare centers. Kaleida Health also provides important services through two long-term care facilities, behavioral health programs and the Visiting Nursing Association of WNY, IncLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..


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