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AU Medical Center
1120 15th Street Attn: Chris Miller BBM522
Augusta, GA 30912
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Georgia Health Sciences Health System is a world-class academic medical center serving Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken Counties and offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty, and subspecialty care in Augusta, GA. Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center (GHSMC) provides medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including oncology, cardiovascular/heart care, children's health/pediatrics, emergency and trauma, family medicine, neuroscience, orthopedics, robotic surgery, and women's health. As an academic health center, Georgia Health Sciences Health System differs from community hospitals. GHSHS has three primary missions: patient care, education, and research, and must provide a full range of clinical services while maintaining the infrastructure to foster education and research.

Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center includes:

- A 478-bed medical center
- A specialized care center housing a 13-county Level-I regional trauma center
- A 154-bed children's medical center housing a Level-I pediatric trauma center
- More than 80 outpatient clinics in the medical office building

When asked to find ways to reduce energy and consumption, GHSMC's Utilities Management Committee (UMC) members played a critical role in developing the energy program. By earning the prestigious ENERGY STAR, UMC members demonstrated that GHSMC has taken steps toward a sustainable, energy-efficient future.

According to recent surveys, energy efficiency has become the top sustainability activity of health care institutions. Hospitals that earn the ENERGY STAR emit, on average, 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to their peers and are recognized as national environmental leaders by EPA.

In 2006, GHSMC's UMC began benchmarking energy cost and consumption using Portfolio Manager, EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool. The UMC set about to initiate an assessment of all utilities and developed a plan to reduce energy cost and consumption. A comprehensive evaluation of energy performance led to the implementation of various strategies to improve energy efficiency. The evaluation focused on existing operations equipment and systems; retro-commissioning existing equipment to optimize operational efficiency; and continuous identification of energy-reducing opportunities for improving the facility's overall energy performance. These efforts enabled the committee to identify and implement multiple operational changes in maintenance strategies and practices.

GHSMC's UMC has embraced the philosophy of continuous energy reduction and best practice methodologies, monthly monitoring and benchmarking of utility data, specifying the use of energy-efficient equipment, upgrading inefficient equipment, and retro-commissioning existing equipment and systems to achieve superior energy efficiency.

- Energy-saving projects have included:
- Hospital-wide lighting retrofit from T-12 to T-8 lighting fixtures
- Steam trap replacement project
- Programmed air handler scale back schedules in unoccupied spaces
- Replacement and installation of variable speed drives on various pieces equipment
- Lighting sensors throughout the hospital
- Updated boiler controls on steam plant
- Staff education on energy reduction practices


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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by AU Medical Center 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:*
AU Medical Center

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (75)
2015 (84)
2016 (91)
2017 (76)
2018 (75)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1500213 sf

Year Constructed: 1955

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant