St. Martha’s in Antigonish piloting existing building commissioning
“This ECBx pilot project will deliver reductions in energy consumption, carbon footprint and operational costs, while increasing the sustainability of our hospital”
By Anthony Capkun
May 5, 2021 – With the help of a $25,000 investment from Ottawa, Nova Scotia Health will pilot a project at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital (Antigonish) to improve its energy efficiency.
The pilot will demonstrate the potential of using existing building commissioning (EBCx) to reduce electricity and diesel fuel costs, as well as mechanical systems operations and maintenance costs, while improving comfort for both staff and patients.
“This ECBx pilot project will deliver reductions in energy consumption, carbon footprint and operational costs, while increasing the sustainability of our hospital,” said John Hann, director, Maintenance & Operations, Facilities Management Services, Nova Scotia Health.
EBCx is a process for optimizing performance and reducing GHG emissions from existing buildings, explains Natural Resources Canada. Lessons learned from this and other EBCx projects will be included in a comprehensive case study demonstrating the financial and operational benefits of commissioning practices as a low-cost way to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, adds NRCan.
“Similar facilities in the healthcare sector can gain valuable insight on how to optimize their performance and budget for EBCx projects,” says the ministry.
Federal funding is provided by the Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program, which is designed to help improve buildings’ energy performance while cutting energy costs.