Syracuse VA Medical Center
Syracuse VA Receives Award for Energy Star Certification
September 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Syracuse VA Medical Center Awarded
Energy Star Certification
For the second year in a row the Syracuse VA Medical Center has been awarded the ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED BUILDING rating by meeting strict energy performance standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. This year’s award covers the period from July 2013 through June 2014.
During that period, the medical center registered at the 88th percentile for energy efficiency compared to similar facilities. An Energy Star rating of 75 (75th percentile) is necessary to be eligible for the award. The national median for energy usage was 198,100 Btu’s per square foot square foot during this period. The medical center consumed 154,600, almost 22% less energy than the median.
In FY 2008, our facility consumed about 230,000 Btu’s per square foot, which means we have reduced our energy consumption by almost 33% in five years”, said Michael Arnold, Syracuse VAMC energy manager.
Arnold said that even with lower energy costs, the Syracuse VAMC spent approximately $3,000,000 on energy in the past year but, energy saving measures have resulted in an annual savings of approximately $600,000.