Building Efficiency

Health Care Retrofits Providing Energy Efficient Benefits

With the media attention paid to the rollout of theAffordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), it’s easy to miss a related, if seemingly mundane, development: the recent release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities.” Of all the challenges facing the nation’s health care system, one of the most pervasive — yet solvable — is its overwhelming energy consumption. U.S. health care facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy.

Building Efficiency

Annual Energy Savings to Reimburse Retrofit Financing

Philips Lighting last week announced a contract with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to install LED lights at 25 parking garages at Washington Metro stations. The fixtures, or luminaires, have a wireless control system with sensors for daylight and motion to optimize energy efficiency while delivering enough light to meet WMATA’s safety requirements.