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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is a 1.17 million square foot campus in Ann Arbor Michigan that provides high-quality care to veterans residing in lower Michigan and northwestern Ohio. Our healthcare campus provides primary and secondary care services and also operates a research program in clinical, basic science, health services, and rehabilitation, in affiliation with the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Our energy team consists of the Facilities Management Officer and the design and construction team, under the Facilities Management Department. This team assists with the development and implementation of energy efficiency improvements. The team reviews projects to identify opportunities for incorporating energy efficiency; looks for opportunities to purchase energy-efficient equipment; starts at least one new energy efficiency or water efficiency project every year; and continues to expand utilization of energy saving capabilities of the building management system. We encourage our employees to submit ideas to reduce energy and water use. All projects and initiatives for energy management fall under the purview of our facility s five year capital plan for construction, maintenance, and equipment purchases. The entire planning system for energy conservation, water conservation, non-routine maintenance, and site specific programming changes is maintained as a single integrated program.

As part of our efforts to improve efficiency within our facilities we have conducted several upgrades that include:

Lighting: We focused many of our upgrade efforts on utilizing energy-efficient lighting technologies. We replaced T-12 lamps with T-8 lamps and also replaced all incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). We utilize photo cells to shut off lighting in areas that have natural lighting and also utilize our building management system to selectively turn off lighting in some areas during off -hours, holidays and weekends. We have replaced a number of 400W metal halide high bay lighting fixtures with high bay fluorescent lighting for a simple payback of just over 2 years. All our exit signs have also been replaced with LED exit signs.

Fan and Pump Systems: All new fan and pump systems are installed with variable frequency drives and all new motors on site are required to have a high efficiency rating. We go as far as specifying the minimum efficiency acceptable for any electric motor on our site. Five years ago we conducted a survey and discovered that one third of all our motors were either inefficient or oversized. As a result, we replaced these motors. The entire project cost $90,000 with an 18-20 month payback period.

HVAC: All HVAC systems are tied into our building management system and select areas have setbacks for air flow. We also ensure that all new HVAC systems capable of utilizing an economizer cycle are set accordingly. Where it is economically feasible, we include thermal recovery systems in all of our new air handlers.

Preventative maintenance of boilers, HVAC systems, and electrical maintenance are an integral part of our energy management activities. We encourage the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified products across the hospital and, in some situations, require ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as computer monitors. Our facilities employ hot water recirculation and utilize flash hot water heaters to improve energy efficiency. We also utilize solar water heating for domestic hot water in one of our campus buildings.

Along with maintenance, staff training is conducted on a regular basis. Facilities staff are kept up to date on new initiatives to improve energy efficiency and our staff frequently propose new ideas. Hospital staff are regularly reminded to use appropriate temperature settings in their areas and to turn off lights in unoccupied areas. We also encourage our employees to use CFLs in their own residences.

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Initiative, we recently started benchmarking our facility's energy use through the EPA' s Portfolio Manager. We applied for the ENERGY STAR as a part of our continuing effort to publicize our energy saving activities to our community and the nation and received the ENERGY STAR in 2006. As a part of the VA's national program, we report our energy consumption data to the Department of Veterans Affairs' national database on a quarterly basis.

Our focus on including energy efficiency in all retrofits and construction has increased over the years. We plan to continue our energy efficiency efforts to maximize benefits from our energy intensive systems. Several projects are in the works including the replacement of a HVAC chiller for the dermatology department (a $110,000 investment with a 2.5 year expected payback period) and connecting the lighting systems with the building automation system.


We communicate with our employees, patients, and upper management through staff meetings, hospital bulletin boards, and monthly newsletters.  We enjoy a very good relationship with upper management and meet weekly to discuss our work, progress, and suggested upgrades.


"The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System's dedicated energy team strives to incorporate sound energy efficiency practices across the facility and believe that an effective energy management program augments the provision of high quality, cost effective care to our patients."

-- Jeff Means, Energy Manager, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Department of Veterans Affairs or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:

Federal Building

Building Owner:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Property Manager:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2006 (84)
2007 (81)
2008 (82)
2009 (82)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1172529 sf

Year Constructed: 1977

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies