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The Christ Hospital
2139 Auburn Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45219
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The Christ Hospital is a 1.4-million-square-foot facility with 550 beds located approximately one mile from downtown Cincinnati Ohio. The original building was constructed in the early 1900's and has had many additions since, the latest being 2003.


Like most other healthcare facilities, one of the primary challenges faced by Christ Hospital is the ever increasing use of electrical consuming equipment and electronics, of which a majority of the medical equipment is not eligible for the ENERGY STAR. To keep electrical usage and peak demand as low as possible, the energy management team instituted the following energy saving projects throughout the years.


1.     Installed electronic lamps and ballasts--This project was financed through the hospital's operating budget and had an 11-month payback. The team's criteria for lamp/ ballast selection were based on lamp life, energy rating, and cost.

2.     Upgraded building automation systems (BAS)--Currently, the BAS controls all 68 air handling systems at the facility; the BAS can page mechanics on issues and trends data, and offers remote diagnostics

3.     Installed new chillers and cooling towers--Currently, the hospital has seven chillers (one steam absorber and six electrics). Cooling towers have had new slats and cones installed.

4.     Installed new software to control the operations of the chillers based upon need and outdoor conditions.

5.     Utilized Square D Power Logic building system to control and report electrical usage--The software is also used to track and monitor peak demand. In the future, the team plans to measure the building's utilities by wing and floor to pinpoint the high energy users

6.     Installed occupancy sensors in the majority of supply rooms and offices to decrease lighting loads.

7.     Installed a free cooling chiller/ heat exchanger to be able to shutdown hospital chillers during the winter months. This unit operates down to an outside air (OA) temperature of 35 degrees.

8.     Converted the hospital's lawn irrigation in the planter beds to drip irrigation and changed the lawn sprinkler heads to smart technology heads that sense heat, humidity, and rainfall. These actions have resulted in a sizable decrease in the hospital's lawn irrigation systems.

9.     Converted to waterless urinals within the facility to decrease water consumption


The energy management team decided to take advantage of the tools and programs offered by ENERGY STAR to see how well Christ Hospital performed against other facilities nationwide. Jim Pretz of Fosdick and Hilmer Consulting Engineers confirmed that the building's energy efficiency measures had earned the hospital the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.


By continually improving energy efficiency, the team is able to reallocate the money they've saved to continue their mission of serving the community in a compassionate and efficient way while providing the very best in prevention, treatment, education, and research.


The energy management team briefed their senior management on the results of their benchmarking and discussed what the score means to the hospital. The team is also planning to conduct outreach programs about their energy-saving efforts to employees and the community.


"At The Christ Hospital, the ENERGY STAR shows that we can continue our hospital's mission and provide a safe, well-maintained, and high-tech environment while incorporating energy-efficient measures."

-- Rick Perkinson, Divisional Director Facilities Mgmt., The Christ Hospital

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by The Christ 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.

Building Owner:*
The Christ Hospital

Property Manager:*
The Christ Hospital

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2003 (75)
2004 (77)
2006 (80)
2007 (75)
2008 (76)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1136422 sf

Year Constructed: 1929

Contract Type: None
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant