SEATTLE, July 8, 2010 – Swedish Medical Center/Ballard (5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“Swedish/Ballard is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts. Through this achievement, we’ve demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” said Rayburn Lewis, M.D., executive and medical director of the 163-bed community hospital in northwest Seattle. “There are only 104 hospitals in the United States that earned this award for 2009. We are proud of the fact that this facility is the first non-government hospital in the Seattle area to earn the ENERGY STAR.”
To help put Swedish/Ballard’s ENERGY STAR in perspective, with the national average for greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions being 6,819 metric tons of CO2 per year, Swedish/Ballard measured in at 5,062 emissions per year. That 1,757 metric ton difference is equivalent to the operation of 336 cars for one year or the electricity use of 213 homes for one year. And in terms of energy efficiency, by being more efficient Swedish/Ballard uses 25 percent less energy compared to the national average score of 50.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”
Some of the ways Swedish/Ballard earned the ENERGY STAR
- Lighting upgrades
- Efficient plant operations as well as more and better preventative maintenance
- Hiring facilities management staff dedicated to improving building performance and resource conservation
“Although ENERGY STAR is certainly a nice honor and validation of a successful team effort, our long-term goals include continued improvement of building performance for patients and staff through energy efficiency measures, as well as commissioning and upgrades to control and mechanical systems,” said Rex Kerby, facility Engineering manager at Swedish/Ballard. “And we’re really excited that the new emergency department and medical office building under construction is proposed to be as – and likely even more – energy efficient than the medical center due to our work with Seattle City Light on HVAC conservation measures.”
How ENERGY STAR helps organizations
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include hospitals, medical offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hotels, K-12 schools, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org and www.swedish100.org.