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Part 3: Next Step for Health Care Facility: Occupancy Sensors
By Dave Lubach, Associate Editor
April 2014 -
One key component of the 2011 lighting retrofit project was the installation of occupancy sensors. Dr. P. Phillips Hospital installed occupancy sensors on about one-half of its single-use rooms, such as single-stall bathrooms, storage closets, and offices.
The next step in finding energy savings is to expand the sensors' use into other areas of the hospital, Perez says.
"We could monitor several areas of a building and many specific zones of buildings, such as conference areas and loading areas, that might not have that regular traffic," says Perez, who adds that daylighting and dimmers are both used in patient care areas. "If we have enough daylight lighting, then we can have automatic controls (in) that entire area, and we don't have users leave (lights) on by chance."
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