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Retrocommissioning Helps Hospital Maximize Efficiency | Healthcare Construction & Operations

by on September 24, 2013

By Andrew McCabe, manager of energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs for the commercial and industrial customers served by AEP Ohio

Facility managers know that operating a newly constructed building in the real world often tests systems in unexpected ways. Charles Ervin, director of facility and support operations for Mercy Tiffin Hospital, located in Tiffin, Ohio, lived this experience first-hand.

“When we built the new hospital, our intent was to build maximum energy efficiency into all of its major systems — lighting, HVAC and more,” he said. “But that’s before you have the chance to put the building to use. Now we have experience with the facility, with its everyday use and we have learned that there are ways for us to further maximize efficiencies by refining those systems.”

Mercy Tiffin, a 193,407-square-foot facility with 54 patient rooms, was constructed with Energy Star-rated equipment and the latest environmental building practices. But as Ervin and his team discovered, the hospital could do more to reduce its carbon footprint and maintain the facility’s leading-edge patient services.

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