SUGAR LAND, TX (August 18, 2014) – For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have recognized Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital as an ENERGY STAR facility for its leadership in energy efficiency. This designation indicates the hospital building performs in the top 10 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. It is the only hospital in Fort Bend County to achieve this designation.
When completed in December 2006, the 241,000-square-foot, six-story Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital included high-efficiency HVAC systems and state-of-the-art lighting control systems. In 2009, extensive energy management changes were made to reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality while maintaining a patient-friendly environment. Among the energy savings initiatives were recalibration of every temperature control and staff education to develop the habits of turning off lights and computers.
“It is an honor to once again accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land,” said Facilities Director Todd Harvey. “We remain committed to environmental stewardship and reducing our energy costs.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a building must be in the top 25 percent of its peers in energy efficiency according to the EPA’s energy performance scale. Currently, only eight hospitals in Texas, including seven in the Memorial Hermann system, and eighteen nation-wide achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for calendar year 2014.
“Memorial Hermann is proud to participate in the ENERGY STAR program,” said Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann System Executive of Engineering. “We consider excellence in energy efficiency a complement to our efforts to provide greater Houston area residents with the most advanced and innovative care possible.”
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps save money and protects the environment through energy efficient products and practices. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.