Healthcare

Discover how our connected building solutions improve energy efficiency in hospitals.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities need to find ways to reduce their energy costs. Why? Because they consume 10% of energy in the commercial sector, according to the Department of Energy. BuildingLogiX’s Connected Building Services help hospitals and healthcare facilities determine where and how they can improve their energy consumption.

What Energy Management Problems Do Hospitals Deal With?

Sometimes, hospital executives believe their facilities are energy efficient without ever measuring their energy consumption. When they finally measure the way their building systems operate, they’re often surprised that the findings often don’t meet their goals. Our BuildingLogiX Data eXchange (BDX) platform shows hospitals’ key stakeholders the data they need to uncover problems in their building systems and make improvements.

The biggest problem that hospital executives encounter is the discovery that their building systems use more energy than necessary for hospital operations. Hospitals often use as much as 30% too much energy, according to Health Facilities Management Magazine. Our platform shows hospitals how much energy they use. Then they can determine how to improve their building systems’ operations.

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Examples of How the BDX Platform Improves Hospitals’ Building Systems

The BDX platform generates customized reports for every client that uses it. Hospitals often customize their data to show them how building systems in their operation room (OR) suites operate. Why do they focus on OR suites? Because these rooms have strict regulations regarding humidity, temperature, and space pressurization. Building systems, especially HVAC systems, have a major impact on those three factors. OR suites often include isolation rooms, where those factors are particularly important. Isolation rooms need to meet precise conditions to prevent contamination in the room and keep the patient from exposure to illness or germs that could worsen their condition.

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Hospitals also use BDX to monitor their HVAC systems’ chilled water supply’s temperature. Why do they need to monitor that supply? The chilled water supply helps regulate humidity levels in OR suites, emergency rooms, and labs when the supply is at the right temperature. If the chilled water supply isn’t at the right temperature, it can’t provide the right amounts of dehumidification to meet regulatory requirements. BDX shows key stakeholders at hospitals the current temperatures of their chilled water supply. Then the stakeholders can assess that data and make improvements where necessary.

In these situations, hospital executives and personnel use BDX to analyze and assess their building systems’ operations and make improvements. These improvements are part of strategic energy management.

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How Can Hospitals Perform Strategic Energy Management?

Hospitals can perform strategic energy management (SEM) by using the data that BDX generates to make continuous improvements to their building systems’ operations. They can integrate these energy improvements into other infrastructure projects that affect their building systems. For example, key stakeholders may notice that their air handlers need to be replaced and that the current ones were never as energy efficient as they could be.

They can replace the old air handlers with new, energy-efficient ones that help generate energy savings for the hospital. That way, they replace the old air handlers and upgrade to new, energy-efficient technology at the same time. By integrating the energy efficiency upgrade with the air handler replacement, the hospital’s stakeholders create a cost-effective solution that fixes both problems and reduces the hospital’s overall operating costs.

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Which Building Systems Does the BDX Platform Analyze?

BDX analyzes HVAC systems, backup generators, and life safety systems, such as fire and smoke detection systems. It also analyzes these systems’ access control levels to show you who can control each system. For life safety systems specifically, BDX generates graphics to show how those systems currently operate. For all the systems listed above, BDX provides the data necessary to improve system performance.

Does BDX Work for Hospitals With Multiple Buildings or Campuses?

Yes, it does. One of BuildingLogiX’s specialties is providing data for multiple buildings or campuses and giving key stakeholders the chance to analyze and compare how each facility’s systems operate. We do this for our client because we realized that many facilities and campuses have building automation systems (BAS) in every building, but those BAS don’t communicate with each other. Once we discovered this problem, we designed BDX to show stakeholders how each building or campus performs and how each one compares to the others.

Then you can take that data and use it to align the structures with each other and find ways to integrate all of them into your hospital’s energy goals. Once you set goals for each building or campus, you can use BDX to measure their improvement. BDX has a user-friendly portal that allows you to view data from all the buildings in a single, centralized location. Overall, BDX works to give you an easily accessible view of your facilities’ energy performance and compare them to each other.

Does BDX Help Hospitals Combat Infectious Disease?

Yes, it does. BDX helps you bring in the right amounts of outside air to prevent diseases from spreading and help with patient care. Our platform monitors outside air ventilation rates and archives this data so key stakeholders and hospital executives can review the data. Once they have this data, they can determine whether the hospital has the right ventilation rates and adjust HVAC systems where and when necessary.

Improve Your Hospital’s Building Systems With BDX

Reach out to us today to begin analyzing and making improvements to your hospital’s building systems. We help hospitals use only as much energy as they need to run their building systems. Our analyses generate large amounts of cost savings in the long run.

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