"To push for more energy efficiency, we have to make sure everyone understands how that is being achieved," says Jeffrey Bodway, electrical health care team leader for SSOE Inc.
"We have to have a buy in for the program from the hospital administrator on down," he
Good hospital lighting systems , including energy efficient fluorescent ballasts, daylight controls, occupancy sensors and building automation system monitoring , often can shave 2 to 3 percent off the hospital's overall electricity energy use, according to Bodway
Another advantage of LEDs, according to Bodway
, is that they typically last 20 years without replacement."For hospital facilities that run lights all the time, that really cuts back on maintenance, even over fluorescent lamps.But LED technology does require a mind shift, because we're talking about a printed circuit board, not a traditional lamp."To show clients the potential of the technology, Bodway
often uses an LED fixture and lets the client turn it on and see how it performs."Talking and seeing lumens are two different things," he
8. Think Off-site
"Changing the color of the roof to white can reduce heat load in the building," says Bodway