The Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) is hosting its annual statewide competition between hospital and medical offices to save energy and improve the utility budget bottom line. Competitors will work off the waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from TAHFM, ASHE, and the EPA's ENERGY STAR® program.
Help us achieve our goal! TAHFM has established a goal that 150 healthcare buildings will compete for the most improved, and as a result, TAHFM members will reduce healthcare utility expenditures in Texas by more than $1 million!
TAHFM’s competition pits hospitals and MOBs from across the state against each other in a competition to see who can trim their utility waste the most. Competitors submit the previous year's energy use information to TAHFM during the application period and then work to improve efficiency over the current year. The competitors that reduce their energy use the most on a percentage basis will be recognized by TAHFM as the winners.
The Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) is hosting its annual statewide competition among hospitals and other healthcare facilities to save energy and protect the climate. Competitors will work off the waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from TAHFM, ASHE, and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program. The facilities that shed the most energy waste will be recognized as the winners. TAHFM is offering recognition to members who help their buildings become top energy and water savers! Don’t miss out on this event—apply by May 15!
Applications open from January - May each year
Call for applications: January 1
Application deadline: May 15
Winner announcement: March
TAHFM’s competition pits hospitals and MOBs from across the state against each other in a competition to see who can trim their energy waste the most. Competitors submit their previous year's energy use information to TAHFM during the application period and then work to improve efficiency during the current calendar year. The competitors that reduce their energy use the most on a percentage basis will be recognized by TAHFM as the winners. Recognition will be given to any facility that saves the most energy and/or water in their TAHFM region, including an overall Texas winner for hospitals.
An organization can nominate one or more of the healthcare facilities they own or manage in Texas. Any type of healthcare facilitiy is eligible to compete, as long as it has been benchmarked in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and submits complete energy use information for the previous calendar year (1/1 - 12/31) by May 15. See the rules of the game on the reverse side.
Energy use intensity, or EUI, represents the amount of energy consumed per square foot by a building annually. When an organization benchmarks a building’s energy use in Portfolio Manager, the tool automatically calculates the building’s EUI, among other metrics, and normalizes for local weather. The competition will compare a building’s EUI between two 12-month periods. The competitors that demonstrate the greatest percent-based reduction in weather-normalized EUI across these two periods will be recognized as a winner at TAHFM Interlink.
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in brainstorming sessions, use free competition creative materials and logos. Winners will receive widespread fame and free registration at the TAHFM Interlink conference. TAHFM, ASHE, and ENERGY STAR will promote the competition.
Applying is easy. Visit our special competition web page for step-by-step instructions on how to nominate one, several, or all of the hospitals and MOBs in your portfolio using a Portfolio Manager report.
Timeline of Competition
Call for applications: January 1
Application deadline: May 15
Midpoint report due: June
Midpoint announcement: October
Final report due: February 28
Winner announcement: April
Top Energy Focus Tips to Immediately Improve Your Energy Bottom Line
“Off” is free; do you continuously evaluate which building HVAC systems and lighting can be shut down during off-peak hours or when not in use?
Have your building control system (BCS) generate an override point list so you can quickly review all the equipment and see which automatic controls in your building have been “overridden” or taken control of manually.
Have your BCS generate a failed point list so you can review equipment or points that have failed or are no longer functional.
Calibrate the air handler cold deck controllers and sensors (pneumatic and electronic).
Develop an internal guideline or policy about staff overriding or changing BCS set points or equipment statuses; change passwords and enforce your policy.
Ensure that every air handler and variable air volume (VAV) box has an on/off schedule (i.e., holidays, Sundays, nights, after 6 p.m.).
Implement cold deck reset to vary the discharge air temperature of the air handler to correspond to outside air temperature conditions.
Equip VAV boxes with software logic and dead bands in their BCS control loop to ensure that the primary air flow is always reduced to its minimum before any reheat valve or heating contactor is activated.
Have the minimum primary air flow of most hospital VAV boxes automatically reduced to either four or six room air changes before the reheat valve or heating contactor is activated. Set up common area or office environment hospital VAV boxes such that the primary air flow reduces to two air changes before the reheat valve or heating contactor is activated.
Implement chilled water reset to vary the chilled water supply temperature between 42 to 45 degrees to correspond to outside air temperature conditions.
Implement heating water reset to vary the heating water supply temperature between 85 to 140 degrees to correspond to outside air temperature conditions.
Implement condenser water reset to vary the condenser water supply temperature between 60 to 85 degrees to correspond to outside air temperature conditions and the operating parameters of your chiller.
Implement air handler static pressure reset to vary the air handler supply fan speed and static pressure to correspond to the primary air damper position of the typical VAV box associated to the air handler. The goal is to minimize the air handler flow (and static pressure) to reduce horsepower by keeping VAV box primary air dampers between 80 to 90 percent open at all times.
Use the BCS software to lock down zone thermostats and sensors in a typical clinical or common area space to 72 degrees with a local control of plus/minus 2 degrees (70 to 74 degrees F total range).
Set condensing boilers to be fuel efficient by ensuring they operate at a return water temperature of less than 120 degrees F and fully condense (sweat) and give up the latent heat to the water instead of the exhaust stack.
Do not keep a lag boiler ”warm”; start and stop it as required.
Equip operating rooms and cath labs with controls and hardware to automatically slow down the air handler (or reduce constant air volume (CAV) box flow) after normal procedure hours. Do not change the temperatures; simply reduce the air flow to the room while still maintaining the code-mandated positive pressure relationship to the surrounding corridors.
Balance operating room total air changes per hour (ACH) to achieve between 20 to 25 ACH (code minimum is 20 ACH).
Vary both chilled water and heating water pumping differential pressure at the farthest point in your facility (DP) to match the season (i.e., single digit DP for the heating water pumps in summer, higher DP in winter; the inverse logic is true for the chilled water pumping system).
Equip lighting systems in lobbies, skywalks, back-of-house locations, rest rooms, lounges, and other common areas with high-quality motion sensors and ambient lighting sensors that automatically dim or shut off the lights based on daylight and traffic conditions.
Steam traps leak; check and repair or replace monthly.
Pick any ten of the above items and immediately see a 10 to 20 percent reduction in energy consumption!
Compete and Win!
The Results of the 2016 Texas Energy Roundup competition are in! Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all of the facilities that participated in this year's competition.