This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of senior care communities benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.
Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.
The ENERGY STAR Score for Senior Care Communities and Residential Care Facilities in Canada applies to facilities that provide permanent rehabilitative, restorative and/or ongoing skilled nursing care to patients or residents in need of assistance with activities of daily living. Residential care facilities include nursing homes and residential developmental handicap, mental health, and substance abuse facilities. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property, relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. A statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed to identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then to normalize for those factors. The result of this analysis is an equation that predicts the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use to yield a 1 to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population.
Senior living communities serve a uniquely vulnerable population that spends a significant amount of time indoors. While much attention is appropriately paid to the health and care aspects in a senior living community, the ways in which a building(s) within a community is operated can not only save money but also have a positive impact on the health and comfort of residents. Using this 2-page checklist, maintenance staff can perform HVAC basic preventative maintenance to drive energy savings and create healthy living environments.