Barnesville Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“Barnesville Hospital is pleased to accept EPAs ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts, said Michael Carpenter, Director of Facilities. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.
Commercial buildings that earn EPAs ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Barnesville Hospital improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building(s). Barnesville Hospital has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 34 households for a year or, another way to think of it, saved 6,300 trees.
Improving the energy efficiency of our nations buildings is critical to protecting our environment, said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPAs ENERGY STAR certification.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Barnesville Hospital has worked proactively on a number of projects. Energy efficiency was a factor in the design and construction of the new Richard L. Doan Emergency Department. According to Mr. Carpenter, Energy use is monitored on an ongoing basis. We are actively looking for ways to improve our energy efficiency. It makes a huge difference when your decisions are not based on “just keeping things running” or first cost.
EPAs ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPAs 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings
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