Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has entered into a $5.7-million facility renewal and conservation program with Honeywell. The program, which combines a roof-mounted solar array with several traditional facility upgrades, will help CKHA reduce its environmental footprint and save approximately $494,000 in utility costs per year—savings guaranteed by Honeywell through a 15-year performance contract.
According to Beth Hall, Director of Support Services, the program will significantly curb the hospital's energy use. "We expect to reduce electricity consumption by 1.6 million kilowatt-hours, enough energy to power about 160 homes," Hall said. "In addition, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by approximately 1,423 tons per year, equivalent to removing almost 224 cars from the road according to figures from Environment Canada."
Additional conservation measures at the Wallaceburg and Chatham campuses include:
· upgrading lighting fixtures to more energy-efficient alternatives
· optimizing the cooling, heating and ventilation systems, which includes the addition of insulation to pipes throughout facilities
· upgrading mechanical systems, including chiller controls and variable frequency drives
· building envelope improvements, such as sealing windows and doors
For more information, go www.ckha.on.ca