Facilities Team Earns Energy Star Certification

The Jefferson Healthcare Facilities Team recently earned a certification score of 97 on the Energy Performance Scorecard from Energy Star. The ENERGY STAR Score for Hospitals applies to general medical and surgical hospitals, including critical access hospitals. Expressed as a number on a simple 1-100 scale, the score rates performance on a percentile basis. Higher scores mean better energy efficiency, resulting in less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Facilities Director, Chris O’Higgins has devoted his six years and his staff’s time to increasing energy efficiency at Jefferson Healthcare’s main campus, off-site clinics, and administration buildings.  It is an ongoing process of systematically replacing inefficient equipment like air handlers and other large equipment with more energy-saving units, including a total LED retrofit of the lighting system.

“This is the result of a decade-long commitment to increasing operating efficiency and improving our carbon footprint,” said Mike Glenn, CEO.   “Each year Chris identifies the most important infrastructure improvement projects to tackle and we make sure they are included in our capital budget. We’ve made a lot of progress over the years yet still have work to do. I don’t think Chris is going to rest until our score reaches 100.”

New Washington State law HR 1257 mandates energy efficiency compliance by 2027.  Chris set a goal to become ENERGY STAR rated in two years, well before the compliance deadline.  The purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR equipment is now part of the efficiency process, along with completing the retrofit of hospital lighting to LED lighting by the end of 2022. Cumulatively, these changes have significantly lowered utility bills, as much as 7% over the two years.

Looking ahead, O’Higgins would like Jefferson Healthcare to become the most sustainable organization on the peninsula.  He has submitted his application to be ENERGY STAR rated. He hopes to accomplish the goal through LEED certification once the master site plan has been completed.  Chris noted that recycling on the peninsula continues to be a struggle but has found a Styrofoam recycler on the peninsula and knows that will make a significant impact.

“This is the result of a decade-long commitment to increasing operating efficiency and improving our carbon footprint,” said Mike Glenn, CEO.

The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. To identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then normalize for those factors, a statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed. The result of this analysis is an equation that will predict the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. – March 1, 2022

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Photo left to right:

Matthew Brock-Farrington, Terry Hoffman, Jarrod Johnson, Sean Mugrage, Chris O’Higgins, Ross Taylor, James Dunn, Shaun Muck, Steve Boruch

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