Allegiance Health Earns Energy Star Designation
July 17, 2012
Jackson, Mich. — Allegiance Health will be presented with a plaque signifying its qualification as an Energy Star recipient from the Environmental Protection Agency. The presentation will take place at the Radiation Oncology – Tejada Center on the Allegiance Health hospital campus on Monday, July 23, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Over the past three years Allegiance Health Plant Engineering has implemented numerous energy reduction measures and projects to help the health system achieve resource and operational effectiveness. These projects have reduced not only natural gas, electricity and water consumption, they have qualified Allegiance for an Energy Star certification. Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficiency, created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy.
In order to qualify for the Energy Star, a building must earn a 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1 to 100 energy performance scale, indicating that the facility performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Buildings carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20 to 30 percent less energy than is required by federal standards. Allegiance Health has earned a rating of 80 on the EPA energy performance scale—13 points higher compared to three years ago.
Examples of the more than ten major Energy Star certification projects include a cooling tower upgrade, thermo wrapping pipes, lighting upgrades and the installation of higher energy efficient pumps and motors.
Allegiance Maintenance staff will be recognized at the ceremony for completing the majority of the multiple projects necessary to earn certification. Plant Engineering Director George Gancsos and Plant Engineering Manager Craig Whipstock will also be acknowledged for their leadership and for casting a vision for the health system that has made it possible to earn this esteemed certification.
Allegiance Health is grateful to these suppliers and manufacturers who helped with this large project:
H.O.H. Water Technology
Senior vice president and COO Karen Chaprnka said, “By working together as an Allegiance team, and through our partnerships with like-minded businesses, we are contributing to our health system’s ongoing financial vitality and Jackson’s economic stability. We are also acting as good stewards of our capital and energy resources, which will ultimately benefit the community we are proud to serve.”