Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Tower to Reap Rewards from Hospital's Energy-Efficiency Investments

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Tower to Reap Rewards from Hospital's Energy-Efficiency Investments

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University Health System will reap financial rewards for investing in energy-efficient mechanical equipment and building materials installed in its new 10-story Sky Tower at University Hospital, San Antonio.

The energy-efficient equipment and materials will enable the new facility to reduce annual energy use by 11 kWh, which translates to an estimated $900,000 per year, says Mark Webb, the system's chief operating officer.

Part of that energy-saving investment was paid for with a $500,000 rebate from CPS Energy, which the local electric and gas utility company issued to University Health System in September.

The 1 million-square-foot Sky Tower includes 420 private rooms, 35 surgical suites on two floors and an expanded emergency department.

A variety of energy-efficiency improvements were included in the project, including a high-efficiency HVAC system, LED lighting, daylighting that automatically reduces the use of electrical light and high-efficiency building materials like low-emissivity windows.

The new building was designed to consume 20 percent less energy than a similar building constructed to local building codes, according to CPS.

Other sustainable features include a system that collects rainwater in cisterns for use in the landscape. …

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