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Skip Milton, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at Texas Children's Hospital discusses his department's successful efforts to enhance energy-efficiency.
Assistant Director of Facility Operations,
Texas Children's Hospital
What energy efficiency challenges has the facility expansion created?
Making changes to controllers in a fully operating hospital. Maintaining the environment in the CVOR's.
Would you briefly describe the steps your department has taken to reduce energy use by chilled-water and steam systems?
We implemented automatic control of primary CHW Delta-T and implemented hot water reset based on OA temp.
How much has the hospital saved by optimizing the operation of these systems?
Savings for 2011 were approximately $1.6 Million.
Describe how your department partnered with other hospital departments to enhance energy efficiency?
I served on the ASHE Energy Conservation Task Force and we are members of the DOE's Commercial Energy Alliance.
Moving forward, what is the next energy-efficient project your department is planning?
Retro commissioning our Clinical Care Center, which has three Energy Star awards.
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