Hospitals tend to consume more energy per square foot than many other commercial building types, including offices and retail stores, or even educational buildings. Hospitals are open 24 hours a day; occupied by hundreds or thousands of employees, patients, and visitors. They tend to have sophisticated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to control temperatures and air flow. And, many energy-intensive activities occur in hospitals: laundry, medical and lab equipment use, sterilization, food service, refrigeration, and computer and server use. It’s not surprising then that hospitals make great candidates for our proven energy efficiency products.
... hospitals are among the nation's most complex and energy intensive facilities and 80% of energy costs are from heating alone."
Thermal Energy’s FLU-ACE heat recovery technology effectively recovers the waste heat from a hospital's boiler operations and uses it to preheat a heat sink – this could be water for your space heating, domestic hot water, boiler feed water, or outside air heating. By replacing the existing load with our recovered energy, many hospitals have been able to prove savings of 20% on their fuel bills.
Just how much energy hospitals use (and waste) and how it can be reduced was the topic of a recent article in Built Environment – a U.K. publication dedicated to showcasing the region's construction projects, products and technical innovations.
You can download the article here, or read in the viewer below.