July 28, 2015 News Release

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Published on July 28, 2015

NEEP Recognizes Concord Hospital as 2015 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency

Concord Hospital lauded for commitment to leadership in energy efficiency

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has chosen Concord Hospital as a 2015 ‘Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’ for its efforts to foster the economy and protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency.

Nominated by Liberty Utilities/Unitil, Concord Hospital is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations, which has resulted in annual energy savings since 2006. The hospital has completed a variety of natural gas and electric energy efficiency projects resulting in natural gas savings annually of 179,370 therms, saving nearly $213,000 per year and saving nearly 3.7 million kWh valued at nearly $507,000 per year.

The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region. Concord Hospital was selected for recognition based on its success to:

  • Achieve energy savings through investment in cost efficient measures;
  • Address comprehensive changes in major energy systems such as lighting, HVAC, building envelope, office equipment and industrial processes, with a focus on improvements in multiple fuel categories;
  • Continue improvements in energy performance through management level support and operational practices; and 
  • Demonstrate leadership to advance energy efficiency and to promote its benefits within their communities.

Concord Hospital energy improvements have included:

  • Lighting retrofits and controls in several hospital buildings and parking garages.
  • Construction a new Central Plant with new high-efficiency four-pass boilers replacing old 1950s-style two-pass boilers. Boilers are equipped with the latest controls and stack economizers to ensure optimum efficiency. In addition, the Central Plant also has a new “free cooling” system that uses external air (instead of a chiller) to deliver cool, conditioned air within the hospital during the winter. 
  • Replacing old air conditioning wall units in patient rooms with a more efficient centralized system that uses variable air volume (VAV) boxes for more accurate temperature control. 
  • Replacing old roof top air conditioning units with a central AHU with VAV’s. Constant volume AHU’s were adjusted and made more efficient. 
  • Optimizing chiller plant systems by adding frequency drives and tertiary pumps throughout the hospital and sequenced flow of the chilled water for increased energy efficiencies.

“NEEP is proud to recognize Concord Hospital for its success and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. “Concord Hospital provides an excellent example of how energy efficient measures can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce environmental impact.”

Concord Hospital will be recognized, along with 13 other Northeast Energy Efficiency Business Leaders the NEEP workshops at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire November 12-13, 2015.

NEEP was founded in 1996 as a non-profit whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. Our vision is that the region will fully embrace energy efficiency as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system. 

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