Energy and Sustainability

Hospitals are one of the largest consumers of electricity in the commercial sector. They have the highest energy use per unit of floor space, almost twice as much as the average office building.  As regulatory authorities in the U.S. continue to tighten sustainability standards, healthcare facilities are encouraged to adopt energy-saving lighting replacement and upgrade strategies to enhance patient comfort, control operational costs and promote a “green” image. The long term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment saving funds for the key mission: healthcare.

How Hospitals Use Energy

  • An average U.S. hospital uses 27.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per square foot annually at a cost of $2.84 per square foot1 (based on average utility rate of $0.10/ kWh).
  • In a typical hospital, lighting, heating, and hot water represent between 61 and 79 percent of total energy use.2 (depending on climate region).
  • Lighting accounts for as much as 43% of energy use.3
  • According to the EPA, a 10% reduction in energy costs for an average hospital can increase their profit margin by 16% annually.

    1,2,3 2003 U.S. Energy Information Administration survey of commercial buildings.

Because healthcare organizations operate 24–7, even small gains in efficiency can lead to significant savings. Here are some important steps for creating more efficient lighting systems:

  • Replace outdated lighting with long-life, energy saving SYLVANIA lighting solutions to lower energy and maintenance costs.
  • Standardize lamp types and wattages to help manage restocking and maintenance costs.
  • Contact SYLVANIA Lighting Services to upgrade all of the lamps and ballasts on your campuses.
  • Implement a building automation and lighting controls strategy: occupancy sensors, building-wide automated controls (especially where operations are not 24/7).
  • Daylighting, in addition to being important to patient’s well-being and recovery, is another way to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Daylight harvesting systems automatically lower light levels when adequate daylight is available.

Sustainable Lighting for Healthcare Facilities
Hospitals are large public buildings that have a significant impact on the environment and economy of the surrounding community. They are heavy users of energy and water and produce large amounts of waste. Because hospitals place such demands on community resources they are natural candidates for sustainable design. Many healthcare providers are examining strategies to “green” their buildings and implement sustainable operations

Here are just a few reasons to use energy efficient, long life lighting systems:

  • Sustainable operations consume less resources, which leads to lower operating expenses and higher net operating income (NOI).
  • New energy efficient lighting systems increase a property’s resale value.
  • They deliver more comfortable illumination, providing staff and patients with the ability to select light levels that are suitable and comfortable for specific tasks. In many cases, staff and patients chose lower light levels, which translate into greater energy savings.
  • Be seen as a better neighbor. Taking a leadership role in improving your building’s environmental “footprint” demonstrates leadership and commitment to social responsibility and community benefit.

Give yourself credit for going green.
Incentives may be available to building owners to help offset the financial investment in new energy efficient systems. These include:
Allowing owners to use the money saved on energy bills to pay for the new system, local utility incentive programs and state and federal tax incentive programs.

Industry sustainability standards for healthcare facilities
A number of whole building rating systems have been developed to guide designers, architects and builders who incorporate green building strategies. These rating systems include ENERGY STAR® for buildings, Green Globes® and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). SYLVANIA lighting system solutions can help you achieve and exceed many of the criteria for each of these rating systems, including energy efficiency, controllability of systems and low mercury content.

Shed some light on your energy usage and save valuable time with our lighting assessment.
Contact your SYLVANIA sales representative for a comprehensive analysis of your facility lighting usage, including recommendations for every lamp, ballast, luminaire and control system. Our lighting experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly evaluate your facility and help you choose lighting products that will yield both the greatest savings and the highest levels of performance. Best of all, our assessment will leave you with more time to tend to other pressing property management issues. There’s nothing to lose and so much savings to gain.

At LEDVANCE, environmental sustainability is a continuous initiative that is built into the way we do business.  Meeting our needs today without compromising the resources needed by future generations, touches everything we do as a company. It’s all about reducing environmental impact, a commitment that goes beyond our products to include how those products are used, how they are manufactured and how they are packaged and distributed. Whether you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, avoiding frequent and costly maintenance, recycling programs or discovering our ECOLOGIC® products that contain little or no hazardous materials, LEDVANCE can help support your green building strategy.