Texas Children's Hospital Clinical Care Center
Houston, TX 77030
The Texas Children's Hospital Clinical Care Center is an 875,000-square-foot pediatric ambulatory facility that has a full-time pharmacy, full diagnostic imaging capabilities, surgical suites, PACU, and public food court. The building's heating and cooling are supplied with district chilled water and steam. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are used on all pumps and air handler fans. While the building is open for business five days a week, many of the systems must be conditioned 24/7/365. Diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, and PACU operate around the clock to maintain the environment as well as provide emergency overload capabilities for the main hospital across the street. The majority of the energy savings achieved so far are the result of optimizing the flow of district chilled water and steam as well as implementing time of day control of non-essential air handlers and lighting. LED exit signs, compact florescent lights, and T8 lighting fixtures are used throughout Texas Children's facilities. The underground parking garage is illuminated by HID lighting.
A full time Energy Management Business Unit was created within the Facilities Operations Department on January 1, 2009 to procure, manage, and audit all of the hospital's energy requirements. The business unit has contributed more than $700,000 in energy cost savings in its first year.
Texas Children's Hospital's first annual Energy Conservation and Recycling Day event was held on the Auxiliary Bridge on Earth Day April 22, 2009. Facilities Services and vendors had displays explaining the energy conservation measures that had been implemented in the previous 2 years. More than 1,000 visitors, staff, and patients attended the 5-hour long event.
"It was just a manual labor investment with minimal costs. It was low-hanging fruit. We're doing other things already. We're automating many things we were doing manually, like controlling the chilled water. We're looking at weather data every morning and adjusting the water flow to the building. The hospital executives have expressed how much the savings have helped over the last year, which frees up money for healthcare investments. My goal over the next year is to make another one of our hospitals, a 900,000-square-foot building, earn the ENERGY STAR."-- William, Certified Energy Manager, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Texas Children's Hospital 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.
Texas Children's Hospital
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Medical Office
Total Floorspace: 874628 sf
Year Constructed: 2000
Contract Type: Internal Resources
|Stage 3-Load Reductions|
|Stage 4-Fan Systems|
|Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant|